Home  >  Practice Areas  >  Adoption  >  Foreign Adoption

Raleigh Foreign Adoption Attorneys

Adopting a child from a foreign country can be quite challenging, especially for parents who have never gone through the process before.. Adoptive parents must navigate not only their state’s adoption and immigration laws, but they must be mindful of these procedures at the federal and international levels as well. While the end result is cherished, slogging through these regulations and processes alone can be intimidating, time-consuming, and downright overwhelming. Engaging an experienced adoption lawyer is an important part of ensuring that your international adoption proceeds smoothly. If your family is interested in international adoption, the Raleigh foreign adoption lawyers at Marshall & Taylor PLLC are ready to guide you on that journey.

When considering whether to pursue an international adoption, it is crucial that prospective adoptive parents provide themselves access to a legal team with the necessary knowledge and experience. The family law attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC fully comprehend the myriad obstacles that adoptive parents face. Let the accomplished team of Raleigh adoption attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC to handle your international adoption process so that you can concentrate on the wonderful addition to your life.

The International Adoption Process in North Carolina

While every adoption is uniquely trying, international adoption tends to be the most intricate and frustrating (at times) due to the many entities involved and the differing sets of rules that adoptive parents must follow. The following is a general outline of the international adoption process. It is important to remember that this is a very complex process, and one best approached with the help of an experienced attorney.

  1. Choose a country to adopt from. This decision has major implications on your adoption process, as the costs and requirements for international adoption differ from country to country.
  2. Select an accredited adoption service provider. If you are adopting from a country that is a signatory to the Hague Adoption Convention, you need to partner with a Hague-accredited adoption agency. The Hague Adoption Convention is an international adoption treaty providing safeguards that protect children adopted abroad. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adoption webpage offers helpful details for adoptive parents who find themselves requiring a Hague-accredited adoption service provider.
  3. Apply for your adoption eligibility in the United States. Those seeking to adopt internationally must apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and obtain the approval of adoption authorities in the foreign country.
  4. Wait for an adoption opportunity. The duration of the waiting period varies depending on the country you seek to adopt from. For starters, the adoptive parents typically must complete a domestic home study. Depending on the country the adoptive parents seek to adopt from, they may also be required to participate in a short period of residence and complete a personal evaluation of each adoptive parent in that country. However, some countries may provide you with an adoption opportunity before you travel to their country, while others still require you to travel in order to pair with the child you seek to adopt and bring home with you.
  5. If the child is cleared for international adoption, the adoptive parents must apply on behalf of the child to immigrate to the United States. Adoptive parents typically must hire an attorney from the foreign country in which adoption is sought to help determine the eligibility of the child you seek to adopt. Be forewarned, this process can be lengthy and grueling.
  6. Finalize the international adoption. After successfully completing the above steps, the adoptive parents must present a final adoption decree from the foreign country to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to complete the immigration process.

Finally, once all of these stages are complete, adoptive parents should domesticate the foreign adoption decree pursuant to North Carolina laws. This process is very similar to the adoption finalization steps in private domestic adoptions and ensures that your child is protected by the same rights and privileges as every other U.S. citizen.

Let Us Help You

Deciding on a foreign adoption is a huge decision in many prospective parents’ lives. The legal process that adopting parents must traverse when considering adoption is incredibly complex. Even more so when it is an international adoption. If your family is considering foreign adoption, an attempt to navigate the process alone may lead to frustrating delays and setbacks. Partnering with one of the seasoned attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC is in your best interest. We are ready to help guide the process and ensure you get the best results.

The team of passionate Raleigh adoption attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC is available to help you add to your family. We have an established reputation for putting your needs first, and we dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Let us be your guide through the complicated international adoption process. Call us today at 919-833-1040 to schedule your consultation.

Testimonials

Looking for an attorney whose ethics and morals are above reproach? Look no further than the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor... He has my strongest recommendation if you are in need of a professional attorney who not only understands the law, but is highly experienced and cost effective! -Jody from Avvo

- Phenomenal Cost-Effective Attorney

The divorce process is tough. Not only is it emotionally difficult and physically draining, but the actual legal process itself is simply unchartered territory for most of us. When my spouse served me with a separation papers & an out of this world financial proposal — I nearly had a heart attack. I was just plain shocked and totally unprepared for the ridiculous and unjustified financial demands that she wanted. I was an emotional wreck, but in a panic, I called my CPA advisor and asked for help. I’ve known my CPA for over 5 years having found him thru the Dave Ramsey website. When I asked him to recommend a divorce attorney, he gave me one name, Jeff Marshal. I’m not going to attempt to list all the reasons you should call Jeff, but I can attest that you will not be sorry you called. The divorce process has significant and lasting implications on everything important in your life after divorce. Make sure you that you have Jeff by your side when these decisions are being made, I am certain that you will be glad you did.

- I recommend Jeff Marshall

I found myself in a position of impending separation/divorce. My situation involved marital misconduct in another country(a very difficult to prove situation), did my due diligence; read reviews and went to visit 5 different attorneys... My case outcome was much better than the original offer I made to my ex spouse(before I had a lawyer) and giving credit where credit is due; Jeff’s knowledge to execution is what made the difference. I must add Jeff made me look past my anger and really had the best interests of me and my children in mind... - Client from Avvo

- I highly recommend Jeff. Him and his staff are awesome!

MR Marshall prepared my Premarital Agreement for me. I am extremely pleased with the results. He provided excatly what I asked and more. I would highly recommend Mr. Marshall to anyone needing his services. - Client from Avvo

- Great Job!

I recently used Jeff Marshall to settle my drawn-out and contentious divorce and custody cases, and found him to be extremely helpful. He took his time to get to know me and my situation, helped me make decisions moving forward, gave me great advice on things that I could do that would limit the time he needed to spend on the case (thus dropping my bill), and represented me quite well during my custody hearing. Having Jeff as my attorney was, in my opinion, critical to positive outcome I received from the custody hearing. - Client from Avvo

- Great attorney!

Jeff Marshall has been a great attorney during a difficult life event. He always responded to my questions and concerns in a timely manner and was great at making me understand the process from start to finish. - Client from Avvo

- Great lawyer!

Jeff has always been my go to attorney when it comes to family law. He is unbiased and fair and has a great interpretation of the law. Divorce is not a fun process and sometimes following advice of someone other than yourself is hard to do. Looking back Jeff was spot on. His advice has saved me thousands of dollars! - Client from Avvo

- Invaluable Advice

Jeff and his team helped me with my seperation and divorce. I was very happy with my settlement and the way they were able to just focus on the buisness at hand which was to protect my interests. Most of this process was conducted while I was living in another state, but Jeff and his team kept me informed throughout the process. I would recommend him without reservation. - Client from Avvo

- Very Satisfied Customer

Mr. Marshall is a superb attorney. He understands the law better than anyone else with whom I consulted. He is very prompt in responding to email and voicemail. He kept me from making several major mistakes that my previous attorney had nearly made and would have cost me big. Mr. Marshall is more expensive than others, but he is also more efficient so it may not make a difference in the long run. - Client from Avvo

- Excellent Attorney

Jeffrey is a consummate professional and and a master practioner in the field of family law. He guided me through a very difficult case that concluded as favorably as possible. - Client from Avvo

- Master practitioner in the field of family law

Jeff Marshall provided solid advice and followed through on services promised. I would highly recommend Jeff to others seeking a divorce or custody attorney - Client from Avvo

- Needed Help with Divorce and Custody

He has worked with me a great deal and understands the relationship I have with my children. He believes in doing what is right and in best interest of children. I trust him with any and all legal decisions I have had to make. Jeff is truly one of the best around. I highly recommend him to anyone that has to deal with high conflict situations. - Client from Avvo

- Jeff is very straight forward and honest.
Search Engine Optimization for Lawyers