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Here's what to know about a Hague adoption

If you're interested in adopting from another country, one thing you may wish to do is to adopt from a Hague country. The Hague Convention is a treaty that helps provide protection to birth parents, children and adoptive parents who are going through intercountry adoptions and other situations related to custody and parental rights.

Under the convention, it's a requirement that any Adoption Service Providers (ASP) are accredited or authorized to perform or assist with a Hague adoption. Before you hire anyone to help with a Hague adoption, you must ask if the organization is authorized. If not, then you may lose any money you invest into the adoption process.

To adopt from a Hague country, you should select an accredited provider or help from your immigration attorney. You will need to go through a home study and apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to make sure you qualify to go through an intercountry adoption. If you do not qualify, the USCIS can halt an adoption in its tracks.

You'll need to petition the USCIS and have the USCIS determine if the child you would like to adopt is eligible for adoption through the placement program. If so, you can adopt the child or obtain custody. Then, you will have to obtain an immigrant visa and bring the child to the United States for entry.

Your immigration attorney can help you prepare the necessary documents for adoption. This is not an easy process, but with the right documents in place and good advice, it will move more smoothly.

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