Montgomery County International Adoption Attorney
Helping You Through the Complexities of an International Adoption
There are children all over the world who need the love and support of a family. International adoption provides children an opportunity to grow up in a caring household here in the United States.
Adopting a child from another country such as China, Ethiopia, Korea, or Ukraine is significantly different than adopting a child who currently lives in Pennsylvania. You'll not only have to follow local and foreign adoption services, but also U.S. immigration procedures.
For years, the experienced Montgomery County family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. have successfully represented the rights of adopting parents. We have a thorough knowledge of what it takes to ensure a smooth international adoption.
Call us at (866) 2900-9292 to find out how we can help you.
Understanding the Process
It's a common misconception that you can adopt a child from another country simply by locating the child, going to the U.S. Embassy, and getting a visa. That's not enough to meet the criteria of U.S. immigration procedures through the USCIS. You must get a visa for the child by filing form I-600 and seeking approval from the USCIS.
First, the child must be legally recognized as an orphan. If their parent is living, certain actions must be taken to make sure the child has been legally and irrevocably released for adoption in their home country. Then, the child can be adopted in foreign court. Once foreign adoption is completed, the adoptive parents can seek an immigrant visa at a U.S. consular office abroad. The consular officer will then review the approved I-600 petition and conduct a visa interview to approve the issuance of the visa.
The decision of the foreign court should transfer to the United States. But, Pennsylvania state court DOES NOT automatically have to recognize your foreign adoption decree. It may be subject to challenge in state court unless you enter an adoption decree locally.
The Need for an Experienced Lawyer
Going for international adoption is as rewarding as adopting a child here in the United States, but the process isn't simple. You may need assistance making the adoption official internationally, getting your child a visa to return stateside with you, and securing official processing in the United States once you return. Your Pennsylvania adoption lawyer can also help you get U.S. citizenship and a U.S. passport for your child.
Our law firm can help you locate foreign counsel and other service providers in that country. We understand that you are going through more than just a bureaucratic process, but also an emotional situation. We can help safeguard your family's interests by protecting you from fraud and preventing delays.
International adoption can be complex, challenging, and stressful. The knowledgeable family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to international adoption procedures.
We've worked with couples adopting children from countries around the world. In every case, we work diligently to make sure that the process is completed smoothly and successfully.
If you're looking to adopt a child from another country or would like more information about the process, please call the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C.
You can reach us at (866) 290-9292 for a free consultation and case evaluation.