International Adoption

International Adoption Documentation

International Adoption     International Adoption

Explains the documents and processes involved in international child adoption.

Documentation Authentication for Adoption

Documents issued in one country which need to be used in another country must be "authenticated" or "legalized" before they can be used as valid in the foreign country. This is a process in which various seals are placed on the document.

Passports Information

Provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport.


Criminal record clearance through fingerprinting is required for all international adoptions and in many domestic adoptions.

USCIS I-600a

The quickest way to bring a foreign-born child that you hope to adopt to the U.S. is to file a USCIS form I-600A (Application for Advances Processing of Orphan Petition) before you identify a foreign-born child to adopt.

Help for Adopting Families by State

 Alabama  Louisiana  Ohio
 Alaska  Maine  Oklahoma
 Arizona  Maryland  Oregon
 Arkansas  Massachusetts  Pennsylvania
 California  Michigan  Rhode Island
 Colorado  Minnesota  South Carolina
 Connecticut  Mississippi  South Dakota
 Delaware  Missouri  Tennessee
 Florida  Montana  Texas
 Georgia  Nebraska  Utah
 Hawaii  Nevada  Vermont
 Idaho  New Hampshire  Virginia
 Illinois  New Jersey  Washington
 Indiana  New Mexico  West Virginia
 Iowa  New York  Wisconsin
 Kansas  North Carolina  Wyoming
 Kentucky  North Dakota  
More Adoption Help
Placing a child for adoption
Adopting a child

International Adoption     International Adoption