International Adoption Through the Eyes of an Attorney

Compared to domestic adoption, international adoption has unique benefits and pitfalls. Adopting a child from overseas is like undertaking an exciting and magical journey to someone else’s land, culture, traditions and language; learning to accept that culture and traditions; and getting a child to love as yours. However, that journey can not only be exciting, but also dangerous and involve certain risks. What are they?

First, a prospective parent who is a U.S. citizen, needs to comply with at least four major sets of laws: U.S. immigration laws and the immigration laws of a foreign country, the adoption laws of the state where the parent resides, and the adoption laws of a foreign country. While seemingly complicated, those laws will most likely change as you go through the process of adoption. Not staying on top of the developments in these laws may cause delays, complications and frustration in completing the adoption.

Second, in a foreign country, you will most likely be dealing with a government with an unstable political regime. Unless special precautions are taken, you will be represented before a foreign government by people whom you do not know and have not chosen, and over whom you have no control. All that creates possibilities for fraud. According to the U.S. Department of State, the most common frauds in international adoption are offering a child for adoption who is known to be seriously sick and obtaining prepayment for adoption services which were never intended to be performed (i.e., obtaining prepayment for a non-existent child). A primary concern in international adoption should therefore be to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. One way of accomplishing this task is to minimize dealing with strangers in a foreign country.

Third, in the U.S., you will be dealing with an adoption agency. The job of an adoption agency is to locate a child in the country of your choice, to forward your dossier to a representative in that country, and to arrange for your trip to the place where the child is located. Not every agency is qualified to do business in every country. Thus, you want to have assurance that the agency you retain is not only qualified in the country of your choice, but that it will perform its obligations to the best of its ability.

Fourth, the amount of paperwork to be completed to create your dossier for international adoption is staggering (not to mention that most of the documents to be prepared are legal by nature – various representations, guaranties, obligations, etc.) In the eyes of many, the paperwork is the most intimidating part of international adoption. Thus, it makes a great deal of sense to delegate the responsibility of dealing with it to a specialist.

Finally, international adoption is not cheap and may take several months (in some instances, more than a year) to complete. You really need to protect yourself to ensure that your pre-payment is not lost or misused. Most delays are caused by changes in circumstances (which usually have to do with dealing with U.S. and foreign governments.) The best way to minimize these delays is to anticipate them, using the experience of others as a guiding light.

You ought to look for an attorney representing prospective parents from the United States, in the adoption of a child from a foreign nation, that can:

  • reduce the risks inherent to the process
  • take the burden of dealing with American and foreign government off of your shoulders
  • make the entire undertaking as quick as possible
  • guide you through the process of making some of the most important decisions in your lives

A good international adoption attorney helps prospective parents to navigate through the complicated and often confusing process of complying with adoption and immigration laws of the United States and a foreign country. They deal with the intimidating task of dossier preparation and other legal documentation and take upon themselves all other legal and organizational tasks of the process.

International adoption is not only filled with unparalleled excitement and fulfillment, but also contains hidden pitfalls. In partnership with their clients, attorneys should take care of the pitfalls, leaving you to “deal” with the true excitement. Other than adopting a child, true excitement also lies in being able to give birth to a child of your own. Pregnancy Miracle Method is a service that helps you to achieve that goal if that is what you want.

If you want to know whether an attorney can help you, find one near you. Your communication will be free and confidential. And if you decide to proceed on your own, I wish you good luck and my very best wishes for success.