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International Adoption: Providing U.S. Homes and Opportunity to At-risk Children Around the Globe.

Every child deserves a loving home filled with bright opportunities and great role models. The sad reality is, there are still countless children struggling to make daily ends meet. In 2019, many still do not have homes, family members, or even the opportunities to create a better future.

For those who have grown up in the United States, it is easy to become oblivious to all the advantages U.S. born children inherit. From clean water to free general education, all these opportunities provide these lucky children a generous advantage.

In fact, an individual living in the United States that makes $30,000/year or more would be considered the top 1% in the entire world! This statistic speaks volumes for how much an individual's environment can influence their future success. For all the abandoned, impoverished, or hungry children overseas, the chance to come to America may be all they need.

Thankfully, the USCIS and other organizations have set up programs where U.S. citizens can join in on international adoption efforts. Through these programs, children who come from a background of little opportunity, will be able to immigrate to the United States.

Through this program, USCIS has been able to offer thousands of children around the globe each year with a fresh start. Many of these stories recall children coming from temporary foster homes. Other stories talk about children coming from politically unstable home countries, where an offer to come to the U.S. can be truly life changing. With a new home in the land of opportunity, these children will be able to benefit in profound ways.

If I am interested in this international adoption process, how can I qualify?

Naturally, there are various rule and regulations involved in important matters such as adoptions. For starters, applicants must first be found eligible to adopt under U.S. laws. In addition, here is a partial list of other requirements prospective applicants should consider:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Unmarried applicants must be at least 25 years of age
  • For married applicants, both partners (even if they are separated but not legally divorced) must agree. In addition, both partners must be either a U.S. citizen or have legal status in the U.S.
  • Applicants must meet certain requirements in regard to suitability as a prospective adoptive parent. These will include criminal background checks, interviews, fingerprinting, etc.

The above list is just to give readers an idea of what goes into an international adoption. USCIS and the consular officers that review each application use these rules to ensure that each child is going to a suitable and loving family. Keep in mind, this is only a partial list so if you are interested, legal counsel is highly advised.

In addition to abiding by the U.S. adoption rules and regulations, the applicant must also be eligible in the prospective child's home country. These rules vary from country to country, so preliminary research into the specific case is definitely required.

USCIS' international adoption process is ultimately a fulfilling way for people to give back to the community: parents experience the joys of raising a child while the adopted child is given a much better life. Human development research continues to support the idea that the early phases of a child's life are  the most crucial in shaping what type of individual he or she will one day grow up to be.

Providing these at-risk children with security, love, and a permanent home will help these children immensely. For many people who find themselves in more fortunate situations, they believe that they have a welcoming heart and suitable home to raise these children.

If you have someone in mind that you would like to adopt—from a very specific extended family member to a general interest in helping children across the globe—this program may be right for you.

This is an immigration legal blog. It is not intended to be used as legal advice.

For further information please contact the law offices of attorney Ramona Kennedy.

Ms. Ramona Kennedy received her Jurisprudence Doctorate in America and is a licensed attorney in California (USA). Ramona Kennedy is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

She is licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court, US Immigration Courts, California Federal Courts of Southern & Central District & All California Courts. Ramona Kennedy is fluent in English and Farsi (reading & writing).

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