New York Re-Adoption Attorney
Re-Adoption & Validation of Foreign Adoptions
Did you know that New York provides for validation of your child's foreign adoption? If you have adopted a child from another country, New York also permits the "re-adoption" of your child in compliance with relevant state and federal adoption laws.
- Validation or registration is the process of submitting an adopted child's foreign adoption decree for state court approval.
- Re-adoption is the process of adopting a child who has already been adopted in another jurisdiction (the foreign country's court).
Although they are two separate processes, they both require the state court to review and legitimize the foreign adoption. It is important to understand that the process required for your child may depend upon the country the child was born in and adopted from, and a New York adoption attorney from our firm can help you deal with every nuance of these laws. The type of United States visa that the adopted child held when entering the United States may also dictate which process you should complete.
Our New York adoption attorneys also receive questions from families about obtaining a New York birth certification for their child. Both registration and re-adoption can allow you to apply to the New York State Department of Health and Vital Records for a New York Certificate of Birth Data. Each process will also allow you to change your child's name if you so desire.
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Protect Yourself from Unpredictable Political Situations
In early 2013, Russia's President Vladimir Putin acted to pass a measure that would ban the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families. This serves to highlight the importance of re-adopting your child under state and federal law. For families that have adopted from a foreign country, re-adopting your child through the local state courts will protect you should these types of situations ever arise in the country from which your child was adopted. Re-adoption within the New York Courts will supersede the foreign adoption and will protect your foreign adoption, your child, and your family.