International Adoption in St. Louis County
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There are a variety of reasons you may wish to undergo the adoption process to expand your family. Some parents are unable to reproduce naturally, while others may wish to provide a loving home to a child in need, and still others wish to play a part in helping a child escape from the hardships of their home country and provide them with a better life. In many cases, this means adopting a child from a foreign nation.
Whatever your reasons for wishing to adopt from abroad, the skilled St. Louis family attorneys at Coulter Lambson can assist you with the long and complex process. Our team of legal professionals have assisted families from all around the St. Louis metropolitan area with the adoption process, including properly filling out the correct paperwork and filing for certificates of citizenship. Our record of success in numerous cases and lengthy list of satisfied clients can attest to our dedication to our clients and our proficiency in our legal practice.
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INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION LAWS: NOT JUST IN THE UNITED STATES
The process for international adoption is unique to each individual case, as the laws for both the United States as well as the country in which the adoptive child and parents reside must be followed. Additionally, internationally accepted legislation known as The Hague Adoption Convention can make the process even further complicated.
The adoption process in countries that follow The Hague Adoption Convention process generally consist of the following six steps:
- Choose an approved adoption service provider
- Apply for international adoption eligibility
- Be selected and matched by authorities in a child’s country of origin
- Apply for the child’s immigration eligibility
- Gain legal custody of the child in their country of origin
- Obtain a full U.S. immigrant visa for the child and bring them home
Our skilled St. Louis family law attorneys at Coulter Lambson can assist you with this process, including advising you on proper procedures you can take to help you along the process and prepare yourself for the many various legal hoops you must jump through in order to be declared eligible to adopt. We understand the challenges you will most likely experience through this process, and we will work with you to make sure the best intentions of all parties are represented throughout the process.
Contact Coulter Lambson online today and schedule a free consultation if you are considering international adoption for your family.