International Adoption Attorneys in Skokie
Navigate the Road Ahead with Gambacorta Law on Your Side
As a U.S. citizen, you may be able to adopt a child from a country abroad. Prospective adoptive parents must meet the requirements of both their home country and the child’s country of residence.
Adoption is also a judicial or administrative action that establishes a permanent parent-child relationship between a minor and an adult, terminating the parent-child relationship between the adoptive child and their biological parents. If you are considering adoption from a foreign country, the legal status of your adopted child might be finalized in the United States or determined abroad.
At Gambacorta Law, we help prospective adoptive parents navigate the challenges of international adoption. We understand that there are a lot of hoops to jump through in this process. Our international adoption lawyers in Skokie can stand by your side from start to finish to ensure that everything proceeds smoothly.
Requirements for International Adoption
USCIS is responsible for determining the eligibility and suitability of prospective adoptive parents who are looking to adopt. USICS also determines the eligibility of the child to immigrate to the United States.
The requirements necessary to begin the process of international adoption vary depending on the adoptive parents’ country and the adopted child’s country.
There are, however, a few basic requirements that apply to all international adoptions: fulfilling USCIS’s requirements,satisfying the foreign country's requirements, and meeting the requirements of the state where the adoptive parent(s) live.
USCIS requires that parents who wish to adopt a child internationally must be:
- U.S. citizens
- At least 25 years old if unmarried
- Adopting the child jointly if you are married
- Suitable parents who can pass background checks, fingerprinting, and a home study
Avenues for Adopting a Child Internationally
There are a few different ways you can finalize an international adoption.
The first avenue is the Hague Adoption. The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international treaty designed to protect the best interests of all parties involved in an international adoption.
The second process of adopting a child from another country is to treat the adoption as a non-Hague Convention. This can only apply if the child is from a country that is not a party to the Hague Convention.
The third process of adopting a child from another country is the orphan route. This route applies to children adopted by U.S. citizens. The country you choose to adopt from will determine which process you will use to adopt.
Consult with Gambacorta Law Today
If you are interested in growing your family by adopting a child from a foreign country, you will want a trusted and knowledgeable immigration attorney on your side. The process you face is undoubtedly complex and best navigated with our Skokie international adoption lawyers in your corner.
Discuss your needs and goals with us today by calling (847) 443-9303.