International Adoption Information

**This information is from the U.S. Department of State, international adoption **

American citizens are seeking to adopt children in ever increasing numbers. With the reduction in children available for adoption in the United States, more and more U.S. citizens have adopted children from other countries. This year, thousands of children came to the United States from foreign countries, either adopted abroad by U.S. citizens or as potential adoptees. This part of the site provides both information and guidance to U.S. citizens seeking information about international adoptions.

International adoption can be done with an agency or independently. However, many professionals encourage the former to clarify legalities and other issues. This option is essential in achieving a successful adoption because adoption rules vary from one country to another. Adoption agencies can help bring happiness into the lives of American citizens who dream of having a child of their own. Individuals who want to try international adoption should carefully research the agency before acquiring their service.

International adoption is essentially a private legal matter between a private individual (or couple) who wishes to adopt, and a foreign court, which operates under that country''s laws and regulations. U.S. authorities cannot intervene on behalf of prospective parents with the courts in the country where the adoption takes place. However, the Department of State does provide extensive information about the adoption processes in various countries and the U.S. legal requirements to bring a child adopted abroad to the United States. In addition to this website, The Office of Children''s Issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs provides brochures describing the adoption process in numerous countries. In addition, we provide recorded information on international adoption for several countries on a twenty-four hour basis through our recorded telephone messages at 1-888-407-4747.

What the State Department Can Do:
· Provide information about international adoption in countries around the world
· Provide general information about U.S. visa requirements for international adoption
· Make inquiries of the U.S. consular section abroad regarding the status of a specific adoption case and clarify documentation or other requirements
· Ensure that U.S. citizens are not discriminated against by foreign authorities or courts in accordance with local law on adoptions

What the State Department Cannot Do:
· Become directly involved in the adoption process in another country
· Act as an attorney or represent adoptive parents in court
· Order that an adoption take place or that a visa be issued

If you have questions, please call us at 202-736-9130.
You may also fax us at 202-736-9080.

See the complete document on international adoption.