New York International Adoption Lawyer
If you are a family exploring your international adoption options, there are, unfortunately, not many countries "open" for international or inter-country adoption. Your first step is to understand whether the country you wish to adopt from is a Hague Convention country or not. If you would like more information about the Hague Convention and the participating countries, you can visit the U.S. Department of State's official website.
If the country you wish to adopt from is a Hague Convention country, you will need to locate a Hague-accredited agency that runs a program in that country. Some agencies may have a direct program of their own while others may "piggy back" off another agency. Either way, you need to work with an agency that has experience in finalizing adoption from that country.
Adoptions from Non-Hague Countries
If you have located an eligible orphan in a non-Hague Convention country, our New York international adoption lawyers can act as your source of information and your guides through the entirety of your legal process. These types of adoptions, referred to as parent-initiated adoptions, are less common; however, if you have a resource or know someone in a non-Hague Convention country who can help you on the other side, our firm can explain the steps you need to take and can assist you in satisfying state law, U.S. Immigration law, and the laws of the foreign county.
It is essential that you fully understand this process, including who can or cannot be adopted and the legal paperwork that must be obtained in order to eventually bring a child home lawfully on an IR-3 or IR-4 visa.