Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from overseas. This is known as an intercountry adoption.
Adopting a child from another country is often a complicated journey, and the information on this site is designed to help you as you move forward.
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Which Process is For You?
There are three processes for adopting a child internationally.
Two separate processes apply only to children adopted by U.S. citizens. Depending on what country you choose to adopt from will determine which process you will adopt by.
Another process applies to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who may petition for his/her adoptive child through an Immediate Relative Petition.
Source: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)