There are special rules for adopted children and our office takes extra pleasure in helping parents ensure their adopted child's citizenship is obtained quickly and smoothly.

While state laws apply to adoptions, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has historically exercised the greatest control over inter-country adoptions due. DOS criteria include requirements for home studies and grounds for the declaration of a child as actually "orphaned."

The United States ratified the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption on December 12, 2007, and is now a full member of the Hague Convention for Intercountry Adoption (HCIA). The HCIA requires a sending nation to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of children.

Our office is delighted to help parents navigate through the regulations to help bring their adopted children home.

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