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Adoption FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Is it difficult to adopt a child from a country experiencing social or political upheaval?

Yes, there are a number of reasons for this.

  • During times of crisis, it can be exceptionally difficult to fulfill the legal requirements for adoption of the child’s country of origin. This is especially true when civil authority breaks down. Correspondingly, it can be very difficult to gather documents necessary to fulfill the legal requirements of the immigration law of the U.S.
  • In a crisis situation, it can be extremely difficult to determine if children whose parents are missing are truly orphans. It is not uncommon in a hostile situation for parents to send their children out of the area, or to become separated during an evacuation. Even when children have been truly orphaned or abandoned by their parents, they are often taken in by other relatives. International conventions place a strong preference on keeping children within extended family units and within their culture as opposed to uprooting the child completely
  • Corruption and lawlessness are more likely in such countries. This increases the risk that you may be provided with false documents or otherwise taken advantage of as you attempt to adopt a child

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Where can I file my application for foreign adoption?

You should file your advanced processing application with the USCIS office that serves the area where you live.

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