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.

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