According to Time Magazine, the number of international children adopted by American families has dropped 60% since 2004, due to changes in the developing world. These changes include 1) reform efforts; 2) economic growth; and 3) resurgent nationalism. (Time, January 21, 2013, "The Baby Deficit", by Kayla Webley) Stricter laws and policies in the form of individual countries' reform … [Read more...] about International Adoptions down due to Many Factors
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DNA testing is sometimes used in paternity, adoption and immigration cases. Here are some reasons that DNA testing may be used and who may request the test: 1. In a traditional paternity case: As evidence of the identity of the biological father a. requested by the biological mother in order to enforce the duty of care and child support; or b. requested by the biological father … [Read more...] about DNA Testing for Family Law and Immigration Cases has Strict Standards
When you are adopting a child, it is important to enroll your child in your health care plan within 30 days of his/her adoption OR placement for adoption. This is important for two reasons: 1) if you do so, this will allow coverage for your child under your group health care coverage to be effective immediately as of your child’s adoption or placement date; and 2) this will prevent a “lapse” in … [Read more...] about Important Information About Health Insurance and Your Adopted Child
When a U.S. citizen couple (or single parent) adopts a child through international adoption procedure it is important to be certain that all steps have been followed so that the child is a U.S. citizen and can prove it, beyond any doubt. Adoptive parents should not consider the process completed until this happens. Although the procedures have become more standardized over the years, … [Read more...] about International Adoption: Proving U.S. Citizenship for Adoptees
An adult person who wishes to be adopted may do so, and an adult adoption is generally simpler and quicker than the adoption of a minor child. This is because an adult can consent to his/her own adoption, and does not have to get the biological parent’s permission. An adult adoption may include a name change for the adoptee, but it doesn’t have to. The final and legal effect of an adult … [Read more...] about Adult Adoption or Simple Name Change?
The U.S. State Department website about intercountry adoption is an excellent resource. This site has information about the process, about the Hague Convention, and individual countries, along with the latest news, alerts and notices. http://adoption.state.gov … [Read more...] about News on Inter-country Adoption from the U.S. State Department
When a family returns to the United States with their child who was adopted in another country, there are often additional steps to be taken. When a Texas resident adopts a child from another country, that adoption is governed by Texas law, United States law, international adoption law and treaties, and the law of the country where the adoption took place. In addition, the area of adoption … [Read more...] about Completing Your Child’s Foreign Adoption in Texas
There are times when a parent may be entitled to collect child support for a child, but still would choose not to do so. Here is a list of the statements that we usually hear: “I don’t want any child support because my ex is dangerous or a bad influence, and I don’t want him around my child. S/he probably won’t visit if we don’t ask for child support.” “I can make it on my … [Read more...] about What if you Don’t WANT Child Support for Your Child?