International Adoptions down due to Many Factors

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…

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DNA Testing for Family Law and Immigration Cases has Strict Standards

 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…

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Important Information About Health Insurance and Your Adopted Child

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…

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International Adoption: Proving U.S. Citizenship for Adoptees

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…

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Adult Adoption or Simple Name Change?

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…

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News on Inter-country Adoption from the U.S. State Department

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 Please follow and like us:

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Completing Your Child’s Foreign Adoption in Texas

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,…

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What if you Don’t WANT Child Support for Your Child?

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…

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Basic Facts About Adult Adoption in Texas

Adoption of an adult can be a fairly straightforward process.   The adoptee’s biological parents do not need to be notified of the adoption and are not entitled to have a voice in the proceedings.   There are many reasons to proceed with a formal adoption, even after the “child” reaches adulthood.  The…

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