Chicago International Adoption Lawyer
Phoenix Arizona, Skokie Illinois and Honolulu Hawaii Offices serving all of US
Couples who wish to adopt a child from another country have numerous legal hoops to go through before they can bring their child home. Not only must they meet the adoption criteria for the U.S., but they must also meet the adoptive parent requirements of the child’s native country.
International adoption is a great way for couples to start growing their family. The adoption process is straightforward, but there are many steps, documents, and procedures couples must go through to be approved.
It is in the best interest of any couple wishing to adopt abroad to consult an international adoption lawyer. An attorney cannot only advise a couple on picking an agency, but can help them prepare the proper documents and ensure their child is approved for U.S. citizenship once they are brought home.
Locations, We Are Serving For:
- Phoenix Arizona
- Skokie Illinois
- Honolulu Hawaii
- Tucson Arizona
- Chicago Illinois
How Do I Start the International Adoption Process?
First, couples must research the country they wish to adopt from. Some things to consider when picking a country can include traveling to that country, languages, the average length a couple will have to wait to adopt from that country, etc.
Then, a couple will have to go through a detailed process depending on the country their adoptive child comes from.
In the U.S. there are two processes for international adoption: the Hague International Adoption and the Non-Hague International Adoption.
Hague International Adoption
The Hague Convention on International Adoption is an agreement between the U.S. and participating countries that outlines policies and procedures for international adoption. Currently there are 75 countries participating in the agreement. If a couple wishes to adopt a child from a Hague-participating country, they will need to follow the specific procedures of that agreement.
These procedures are quite extensive and do require some waiting by the couple. Often parents must submit applications, wait for referrals and then be approved multiple times by the Convention before officially adopting and bringing their child home.
While the rules of the Hague Convention are complex, they do so to protect the children and their adoptive parents.
Non-Hague International Adoptions
Adopting a child in a country not participating in the Hague Convention means that a couple will have to follow the specific rules and procedures of that country. The Hague Convention generalizes the steps to complete an adoption, making it easier for parents and children to unite. But, other countries not participating in the Hague Convention may have their own list of requirements.
ILLINOIS OFFICE (CHICAGO AREA) 847-786-2599
5250 OLD ORCHARD ROAD, SUITE 300, SKOKIE, ILLINOIS 60077
ARIZONA OFFICE (PHOENIX AREA) 602-759-7480
2415 E. Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix, Arizona 85016
HAWAII OFFICE (HONOLULU AREA) 808-672-2488
7 WATERFRONT PLAZA, 500 ALA MOANA BLVD, SUITE 400, HONOLULU, HAWAII 96813
Consult with an International Adoption Attorney Today
International adoption is complex. The attorneys at the Gambacorta Law Office have extensive knowledge of international adoption. We have worked with a variety of couples and numerous countries (including Hague and non-Hague countries) and our firm is prepared to help you adopt your child. Learn more about international adoption or get started on the process by contacting an attorney today for a no obligation consultation.