Legal Language Services has gathered information for you in order to help you better understand the process and requirements involved in international adoption.

Our guide covers international adoption requirements, the applicable laws involved for international adoption, the basic steps to adopt a child from abroad, and an overview of the adoption home study.

Please Note

Inter-country adoption is, in essence, a private legal matter between you, the adoptive parent(s), and a foreign court, which functions under the specific country’s laws and regulations.

US authorities are unable to intervene on your behalf with any courts in the country where the adoption will occur. The Department of State, however, can provide you with extensive information about the adoption processes in various countries and the US legal requirements to bring a child adopted abroad to the United States.