Are you an United States citizen who wants to adopt a child from another country? Or are you a citizen of another country looking to adopt a child from the United States?
International adoption is a good option for adoptive parents who will appreciate and celebrate the culture of a child who was born in another country. The number of international adoptions have dramatically fallen since the advent of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, implemented in 2008, but opportunities to adopt a child from another country still exist. Citizens of other countries may also be able to adopt a child from the United States.
United States citizenship is required of an adoptive parent wishing to adopt a child from another country. Illinois residents must obtain a home study from an "Approved Provider" and approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Most international adoptions are completed in the child's country of origin. However if parents are only given guardianship of the child, the adoption must be completed as a domestic adoption.
A parent who adopts internationally may choose to "re-adopt" the child by filing a domestic adoption petition to confirm the adoption.. The child's name may be changed and Illinois can issue a Record of Foreign Birth to serve as the child's birth certificate.
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