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What to know about international adoptions in North Dakota

| Jun 29, 2021 | Adoption |

Adopting a child is a monumental life event that can be extremely rewarding for your entire family.

The impact that you will have on this child’s life once you make them part of yours will put them on a life trajectory that no one could have foreseen.

If you are planning on doing an international adoption, there are a few things you should know about the North Dakota international adoption process.

What is the Hague Adoption Convention?

The Hague Adoption Convention is an international treaty designed for the welfare of children that are adopted across international borders. When searching for an international adoption agency, you should make sure that they are “Hague-accredited”. Do not be afraid to ask them this on the phone or at your first meeting.

What is adoption eligibility?

Adoption eligibility will be required for you and the child. Before you travel abroad to perform the adoption, you will need to apply and be granted adoption eligibility in both the United States and the country you are trying to adopt from.

Once you meet the child you would like to adopt, you will have to apply for their adoption/immigration eligibility with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

After everyone has had all their adoption and immigration eligibilities approved, you then can apply for your child’s visa.

What should you decide before contacting an international adoption agency?

Before you contact an international adoption agency you should have an idea of which country you want to adopt from, the gender you would like, and if you have an age preference.

The reason for this is some adoption agencies only work with specific countries.

The most popular countries for international adoption are China, Ukraine, Colombia, India, South Korea, Bulgaria, Haiti and Nigeria.

Completing an international adoption can be rewarding for your family as well as for the child you will adopt.

However, the process can be complex, and you may need to complete a lot of paperwork before the adoption can take place. It is a wise decision to seek legal support when considering international adoption.

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