Category Archives: Adoption

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China Popular for Adoptions

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: March 27, 2010
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I have noted in this blog that when it comes to international adoption in my practice as an immigration lawyer that I have seen the number of children available for adoption from China drop precipitously over the past few years. In 2005, there were 8,000 Chinese children adopted by U.S. parents last year there were […]

Intercountry Adoption Developments: Notes from an Immigration Attorney

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: March 22, 2010
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One area that I focus on as an immigration attorney in San Francisco is the highly challenging area of family immigration. An article published online by the Christian Science Monitor on March 14, 2010, covers what many of us in the trenches have been dealing with for sometime. The fact is that it has become […]

Part Two: Intercountry Adoption—Helping a Child from an Institutional Setting Adjust

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: September 16, 2014
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This is the second and last part of a post focusing on how adoptive parents can help a child from another country adjust to their new surroundings. In working as an immigration lawyer, I’m often called upon to guide families through the process of intercountry adoption. Families who come from institutional settings may face special […]

Part One: Intercountry Adoption—Helping a Child from an Institutional Setting Adjust

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: March 4, 2010
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This is the first part of two on how adoptive parents can help a child adopted from another country adjust to their new surroundings. Although it’s not a legal issue, I’ve found in my capacity as an immigration lawyer that children who come institutional settings face extreme challenges in adjusting to family life in another […]

Immigration Lawyer’s Notebook: Medical Links for Intercountry Adoption

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: March 3, 2010
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I work as an immigration attorney representing clients throughout the fifty states.  We help adoptive parents in the immigration process intercountry adoptions. I offer a wealth of advice to my clients as I help them successfully navigate a process than can take from one to four years. Here are some links that adoptive parents can […]

Immigration Lawyer’s Notebook: International Adoptions More Difficult

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: March 2, 2010
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I work with clients in the San Francisco area on immigration issues. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune noted that intercountry adoption has become more difficult. For years, American families have been able to rely upon adoptions from highly popular countries such as Russia, China and Guatemala. But this is no longer the case. […]

An Immigration Lawyer’s Perspective on Adjusting to Intercountry Adoption

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: March 1, 2010
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If you’re involved in intercountry adoption once the process is complete, you’ll be involved in a new process—that of adjusting to your new family. Working as an immigration lawyer with a wealth of experience in the family immigration area, I’m quick to caution parents that the adjustment period can certainly take time. Here are some […]

Immigration Lawyer Discusses Obtaining Proof of Citizenship after Adoption

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: February 27, 2010
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I work with many families and the successful immigration of the new member of their family to the U.S. In my capacity as a lawyer, one area that I always address with my clients is the need to ensure that once the child is adopted, they obtain proof of citizenship. Doing so is essential as […]

Intercountry Adoption Concerns: Thoughts from an Immigration Attorney

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: February 27, 2010
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As an immigration lawyer, I work with people who are considering adopting a child from another country. Before the process ever begins, there are some concerns and questions that any adoptive parent must address. Adoption within your home country can be a long road and going outside of the country can be even trickier, although […]

Immigration and Citizenship Requirements for Intercountry Adoption

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Last Updated: February 27, 2010
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In my work as an immigration lawyer, I have to make sure that parents are well aware of the steps they must take to ensure that the new member of their family meets U.S. immigration and citizenship requirements. Here’s a summary of those steps that adults involved in intercountry adoption may need to take. As […]