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IFS Adoption For Non-U.S. Citizens Living In The U.S.

IFS Adoption For Non-U.S. Citizens Living In The U.S.

IFS ADOPTION FOR NON-U.S. CITIZENS LIVING IN THE U.S. In the course of our adoption work at International Family Services we often speak with families who want to adopt a child internationally only to find that they are not U.S. citizens and therefore are not eligible to immigrate a newly adopted child back into the U.S. But, there is hope for adoption for such families. You May be Eligible to Adopt a Child from the United States You may be eligible to adopt a U.S.-born child while residing as non-citizens in the U.S. From the U.S. State Department website (see link below): “In most cases, U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who adopt children in the United States do so under domestic state adoption laws. The adopted children are generally U.S.-born, U.S. citizen children or U.S. LPRs who live in the United States.” This means that if you are a lawful permanent resident(s) who habitually resides in the U.S. the U.S. federal government will allow you to adopt a child from the U.S. as long as there are no local State adoption laws that prohibit this kind of adoption. IFS works with birthmothers in States that are favorable to non-U.S.-citizen adoptions. Bottom line: It is still possible for non-U.S. citizens to adopt. Disclaimer: None of the IFS staff are attorneys, immigration or otherwise, nor do we speak for the U.S. government in these matters. You should seek legal counsel concerning the particulars of your case. If you are a non-U.S. citizen seeking to immigrate a child adopted from the U.S. back to your country of citizenship, you should seek further...
Adoption is Like a Lotus Flower

Adoption is Like a Lotus Flower

It is always encouraging for IFS team members to receive a note from adoptive families home with their beautiful kids. Such was the case recently when Bethany Compton (IFS India Program) received the following note from Aaron and Julie, new parents to Autumn and Abby (India). Hi Bethany! I have been meaning to write to you since we came home, but its kinda been a little busy!  The girls are doing great.  They are learning English quickly and seem to be fitting right in to family life here.  Of course there are adjustments, but nothing out of the ordinary. Our time in India was wonderful!  We have nothing but praise for Rajeev and his excellent work.  We never had an ounce of trouble and everything was as smooth as could be.  It was obvious everywhere we went that he is well known and well respected – especially at the orphanage, but also at the embassy.  He took excellent care of us! Rajeev told us a story about how adoption is like a lotus flower.  On the surface is the beautiful bloom.  Underneath the surface is a gigantic tangle of roots and mess.  He said his job is to make it so that we come to India and pick the beautiful flower without ever seeing or knowing about the tangle beneath the surface that he has taken care of.  I have a really nice picture of Rajeev in front of his house with my girls (his two beautiful flowers that he caused to bloom for us!). I am sending you a few other pictures too so you can see how...
Being Adopted and My Thoughts.

Being Adopted and My Thoughts.

Every once in a while all parents experience that special time when our kids come up with something that blesses the socks off of us. This was the case with Hannah, one of the two 16 year old daughters of IFS founders Bob & Carol Mardock.

The Waiting Game – August 1990 – Los Angeles Times

The Waiting Game – August 1990 – Los Angeles Times

Soon the story was picked up internationally. The Mardock’s phone number was not published but, even before social media and email as standard means of communication, people found them and started calling, 5-10 families a day for weeks. “If you know how to adopt in…

Meet Addison – U.S. Infant Adoptions

Meet Addison – U.S. Infant Adoptions

Addison was born November 30, 2014 in the U.S. (IFS domestic cross-cultural program) and her adoption was final in May, 2015. Mom Lisa reports that Addison is smart, creative, sweet, playful, cuddly, adorable, burpy, sometimes smelly…

Domestic Cross-Cultural Adoptions (DCC) are on the Increase at IFS

Domestic Cross-Cultural Adoptions (DCC) are on the Increase at IFS

Families often come to International Family Services because we are known as a leader in international adoptions and these families are often ready to consider a child of another ethnicity. Then they discover they can expedience their culturally diverse adoption dream without the international travel and without longer wait times associated in an international adoption.

AJ

AJ

AJ (Alok) joined his new family a year ago from India. George and Danielle (brothers Elliot and Gavin) report he is settling into his amazing life in his new family. This active toddler loves his new swimming pool, is crazy about trucks and his animal picture book. Not long ago Mom reported that AJ was “eating us out of house and home” devouring milk, peanut butter sandwiches and lasagna. AJ shares his radiant smile willingly with each new friend he meets. “We are all crazy about this little guy and are so very grateful that God has placed him with us. Again, thank you IFS and all involved for your role in making this possible. Alok was born to be a [last...
Earthquake Report: NEPAL

Earthquake Report: NEPAL

Many have asked for a report on Shristi Nepal, an orphanage in Nepal that IFS has been affiliated with in past years. We are pleased to report that there were no injuries to the children or staff and the children’s home did not sustain physical damage. We are thankful. Still, we share with the rest of the world the shock at seeing the earthquake devastation in Nepal and the surrounding areas. We will continue to follow this story in the months to come. We are pleased to know that emergency services have been released and relief help is making its way into the region. Join us in prayer for God’s gracious love to be poured out during this time of difficulty and sorrow and that beauty will arise from these...
My Story of Miss Ali

My Story of Miss Ali

It has been an unforgettable year for our family, a year we described as amazing, challenging, fun, and frustrating – all at the same time.

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