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Virginia International Adoption Attorney

The International Adoption Process

The large majority of international adoptions are arranged through adoption agencies that are specifically qualified and licensed to do international adoptions. The adoption is usually finalized in the country where the child was born. This adoption, however, does not grant immigration approval. The adoptive parents will have to initiate a separate application for immigration status.

Readoption in the United States

It is strongly recommended that parents who have adopted a child in another country readopt that child in their home state. Virginia’s process for readoption involves submitting a petition to the Circuit Court and the filing of a report by the agency that facilitated the adoption. Once a Virginia Final Order of Adoption is obtained, the parents may apply for a Certificate of Foreign Birth that looks exactly like a Virginia birth certificate and can be used for all of the same purposes.

Robert H. Klima is one of Virginia’s leading adoption attorneys. He has successfully handled more than 2,500 adoptions throughout Virginia. Since 1993, he has been a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a national association of approximately 300 experienced adoption attorneys. To learn more, contact a Virginia international adoption lawyer in Fairfax or Manassas today.

Fairfax International Child Adoption Lawyer

Robert H. Klima, P.C., provides adoption legal services throughout Northern Virginia and Central Virginia. For more information, call 703-361-5051 to schedule a consultation or to speak with Mr. Klima directly to discuss international adoptions and all of your adoption options. You can also send an e-mail.