Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from overseas. This is known as an intercountry adoption. Adopting a child from another country is often a complicated journey. At the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal, we will work with you through this legally complex and emotionally challenging process to make this smooth and stress-free.

There are three processes for adopting a child internationally.

Two separate processes apply only to children adopted by U.S. citizens. The process will depend upon the country to which the child belongs. The two processes are:

(1) Hague

The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international treaty that provides important safeguards to protect the best interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents who are involved in intercountry adoptions.

(2) Orphan (Non-Hague)

If the child to be adopted does not reside in a Hague country, and the child is an orphan as defined in immigration law, a U.S. Citizen can still adopt the child and petition to have the adopted child immigrate to the U.S.

(3) The third process applies to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who may petition for his/her adoptive child through an Immediate Relative Petition. This process may be applicable for those U.S. citizens or LPRs who may wish to adopt a child related to them.

Watch this video explaining the adoption process that was aired on Sitaarre TV as part of their legal segment on April 1st 2012.

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