The Need-to-Know Basics of International Adoption

Posted by Blake Caulder | Oct 01, 2020

Are you considering international adoption? You probably have a laundry list of questions. Adoption is a process that's filled with many roadblocks, especially when it involves multiple countries. International adoption may be complicated, but it's also rewarding for parents and children around the globe. Here's what you need to know before getting started. 

International Adoption Rules

International adoption is often a complex process. Every country has unique laws and procedures that could impact your ability to adopt. Many countries set strict rules that limit the number of adoptions coming from the U.S. each year. They may also have specific criteria you have to meet to adopt. International adoption agencies may judge you based on your marital status, income, health records, or age.

It's important to review the adoption rules in the country where your potential child lives. You can find international adoption policies on The State Department website. An attorney can help you review the rules and determine whether or not you are eligible to proceed with an adoption. Their expertise can prove valuable and save you time and money during the adoption process.

The Hague Adoption Convention

The Hague Adoption Convention is a treaty that sets standards of practices for international adoptions. Over 100 countries signed the treaty and must abide by its policies and procedures for adoption. It provides important safeguards to protect the best interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Countries in the Hague Convention must only use accredited service providers for international adoptions.

The Hague Convention rules apply to all adoptions in the U.S. that involve other countries in the treaty. U.S. officers determine the eligibility of adoptions before the process is finalized. This can help prospective parents determine if their child can enter and stay in the U.S.

The Adoption Process

International adoption also involves large amounts of paperwork. You have to fill out complex documents including a home study, dossier, a visa petition, immigration application, and more. These forms play a major role in your adoption eligibility and should not be taken lightly. You must fill out the documents correctly and keep copies of them for future reference.

 Minor mistakes can make a big impact on your ability to adopt. Caulder and Valentine are here to help. Our caring and compassionate attorneys can assist you during your international adoption. Contact us today!

About the Author

Blake Caulder

Blake is a North Carolina native who was born in Marion, but grew up in Rutherfordton. While he was truly blessed to be raised in a loving, caring, and stable home, Blake realized at a young age that not everyone had that opportunity and always had a heart to help his friends who were hurting. Upon graduating high school, Blake began working with his father who has a real estate office in Bat Cave, North Carolina, while at the same time, attending Gardner-Webb University. Blake was seeking what direction to go with his career. At the time, the most reasonable thing appeared to be to join his father in his real estate practice. But putting aside the financial aspect and given his passion to help people, Blake wanted to do something that would allow him to take that passion to a whole other level. That's when Blake found the practice of law. Upon graduating from GWU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Blake was accepted to Elon Law School and was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. After completing his first year of law school at Elon, Blake transferred to Charlotte School of Law to be closer to home and his wife. As an attorney, Blake genuinely cares about each individual client. His first and foremost goal is to help every client achieve the best possible outcome in their case and he strives to make a difference in their lives. Blake practices in the areas of family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury, and estate planning. While attending law school, Blake acquired significant legal experience in multiple practice areas by interning with both the law firm of Tomblin, Farmer and Morris, PLLC and the legal department of Family Dollar. In addition, Blake defended clients in criminal cases through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic and provided legal services to individuals who were starting businesses through the school's Entrepreneurship Clinic. When not practicing law, Blake loves being involved in the community, participating in the local prison ministry and community service opportunities. He is grateful to have a wonderful wife, Daniella, and they are blessed with two children, Coleman Blake and Candrea Renea.