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International Adoption vs. Domestic Adoption

When considering adoption, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of decisions you have to make. One option to consider at the beginning of the process is whether to adopt domestically or internationally. International adoption and domestic adoption are similar in a sense that both options involve the legal transfer of parental rights from a child’s biological parents to new parents. However, when adopting a child from another country, you must follow the guidelines and laws that country has in place.

Factors that Differ Between International and Domestic Adoption

In the United States alone, 115,000 children are ready to be adopted in the foster care system. Foreign countries each have different adoption requirements that change frequently, so it is important to research specific foreign agencies to compare requirements and learn which would best fit your situation. Common factors that differentiate between international adoption and domestic adoption include:

  • Cost
  • Wait time
  • Age or income requirements
  • Single-parent vs. couples
  • Medical history
  • Social history
  • Child availability

No matter what country you choose to adopt from, there are specific procedures you must undergo in the U.S. to officially adopt your child. The attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC are experienced in the adoption process and may help you through each step.

Contact a Family Law Attorney Today

Adoption is a joyful process in which a child in need becomes a part of your family. If you are considering adopting a child and would like to explore your options further, contact a Raleigh family law attorney with Marshall & Taylor PLLC today at 919-833-1040.

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