Adoptions Abroad and Readoption in the U.S.

Families who have adopted from countries like China, Russia, Ethiopia and Ukraine will have a final adoption decree (or equivalent) of their child from the foreign country. These are called “adoptions abroad.” Many families also optionally want to readopt their child in a U.S. state court for a variety of reasons. For more information on readoption, see the following links.

Families with Children from China (FCC) on “Readoption” – What is It?

Adoptive Families magazine on U.S. Readoption Explained.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on State Recognition of Adoptions Finalized Abroad. Note the PDF file toward the bottom of the page, Intercountry Adoptions Finalized Abroad: Summary of State Laws, it includes state specific information. See also Texas Readoption and Birth Certificate for more information concerning Texas.

NOTE: Families seeking to adopt a child from India will receive a guardianship decree from the courts in India. The children are not “adopted abroad.” The court decree will direct the prospective adoptive parents to finalize the adoption of their child in a local court where the parents live. This finalization is not optional.

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