Deciding to add to your family is a beautiful and big decision. The adoption process will be filled with moments of joy, excitement, and, at times, stress. At the Law Office of Deana Balahtsis, we understand understand how complicated the international adoption process can be. Backed by 19 years of legal experience, we can significantly ease the process for your family. We have been practicing adoption law for almost 2 decades and we are prepared to deal with even the most complicated cases. Allow us to assist you throughout the adoption process, guiding you and helping you to complete your family.
Recent changes to the way the U.S. handles international adoptions has made the process much more difficult, making the need for a lawyer even more important than it has been. The Intercountry Adoption Act, which signified the implementation of the Haute Adoption Convention, has significantly changed how the United States addresses international adoptions. In an attempt to protect the best interests of the children, preventing the abduction, sale, and trafficking of children, the act places safeguards around adoption, ensuring that all key steps are met.
Under the first step, choosing a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider, the service provider is responsible for fulfilling 6 adoption services.
These services are:
These stipulations are plainly outlined, however, not all countries follow the Hague Adoption Convention, and follow their own guidelines. In these cases, you must work within the U.S. guidelines to bring your adopted child into the U.S., as well as the legal stipulations of the country you wish to adopt a child from.
In short, the process of international adoption can be taxing, and extremely technical. By trusting our international addoption attorneys at the Law Office of Deana Balahtsis, you can be sure that all paperwork will be completed, all deadlines will be met, and all of the rules will be followed. We can help you navigate the adoption process and bring your child home sooner.
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