Bill Supporting Foreign Adoption in Congress

A bipartisan effort to boost foreign adoption is in Congress. The bill is titled the “Children in Families First Act” and different versions of the bill are now in the House and Senate! Foreign adoptions are governed by many different areas of law—- international law, the laws of the two…

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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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Russian Adoption Ban

We were saddened to learn about the Russian government’s ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. couples. Over the years, we have been fortunate to have had a role in helping several of our clients in the finalization of adoptions of their Russian-born sons and daughters. This retaliatory move…

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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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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

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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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