children from all over the world has become something U.S. residents and
citizens have been doing more and more when starting or expanding their
families and providing safe, loving homes to children in need. Over
20,000 inter-country adoptions are taking place per year in addition to
the more than 200,000 foreign-adopted children already living in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) is proud to play a key role in this family-building
are two ways to bring an adopted child into the
adoptive parents may find the services of an adoption agency helpful for
guidance and assistance with the immigration of orphans and adoptive
children. We cannot recommend specific agencies, but we strongly advise
prospective adoptive parents to seek out a reputable agency with
established foreign adoption experience and/or competent legal
representation in their efforts to bring foreign-born orphans into the United States.
are noted on the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs,
Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children Issues website:
These materials alert prospective adoptive parents to some serious problems that may develop or already exist in foreign adoption cases. For example, corrupt adoption practices can happen anywhere in the world. For example, corrupt adoption practices can happen anywhere in the world. The adoption of a foreign-born orphan does not automatically guarantee the child's eligibility to immigrate to the United States. The adoptive parent needs to be aware of U.S. immigration law and legal regulatory procedures. An orphan cannot legally immigrate to the United States without CIS processing.
Adopting Older Children
- “Aging Out” of Eligibility to Immigrate Through Adoption.
you are considering adopting an older child, you should be aware of the
age limits on eligibility for adoptions and immigration, regardless of
whether or not your state laws permit the adoption of older children (or
are two ways to immigrate an adopted child. Please review the
differences, as they are important to your successful adoption.
(2) Immigration/Adoption of an orphan through submitting Form I-600: If you adopt or intend to adopt a child who meets the legal definition of an orphan, you may petition for that child at any time prior to the child’s 16th (or 18th, as described above) birthday, even if the adoption takes place subsequently (and in many cases, the adoption does not occur until the child comes to the U.S.).