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International adoptions

An international adoption could be one way to bring a child into a Texas family. An international adoption agency might be needed as there are many steps to adopting a child from another country. The U.S. State Department has a list of countries that allow American citizens to adopt.

A child from a different country is considered a foreign national and must immigrate to the United States. An individual or couple can seek "advance processing" before finding a child. This takes months and results in pre-approval for adopting internationally. At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen. Children are eligible for adoption when they are abandoned by both parents or when a single parent cannot provide for a child and will release the child for irrevocable adoption and emigration.

Parents travel to a country when finding a child and typically complete the adoption process there. After filing an Orphan Petition, the child receives the appropriate visa. When entering the country, a child with a valid visa becomes a citizen automatically. Parents will be mailed a certificate of citizenship and can have the adoption recognized by the state of Texas when returning to the U.S.

When an adoption is finalized in the United States, a child gets an IR4. A family must follow the rules for a Texas domestic final adoption and can obtain a certificate of citizenship and a Texas birth certificate once the adoption process is complete.

International adoptions are sometimes complicated and sensitive affairs, so professional support might be required when going through the process. In addition to working with an international adoption agency, one might need to consult an attorney in Texas. The attorney could help with the domestic side of matters, which may involve filing paperwork and meeting various requirements.

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