What is the Hague adoption process for a U.S. citizen?
There are six steps that someone from the U.S. has to go through to adopt a child from a different country that has joined the Hague Adoption Convention. Selecting an adoption service provider, gaining approval to adopt, being matched with a child, adopting or obtaining legal custody of the child in the foreign country, applying for a visa for the child to move to the United States, and finally, traveling home with your child.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Hague Adoption Articles
- What is a Hague adoption?
- What is the Hague Adoption Convention?
- What is an inter-country adoption?
- If I live in the U.S. does the Hague Adoption Convention apply to me?