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 is always the case, it’s best to work with a lawyer experienced in the area of international adoption.
Reports and Pictures after Placement
Depending on the country, you may be required to submit reports concerning and photographs of the child after they have immigrated. Annual reports and pictures may need to be filed for five years or longer. Adoptive parents have a responsibility in not only honoring this agreement but in doing so in a timely manner they help create goodwill between the U.S. and the child’s country of origin. This may help other parents hoping to adopt a child from that same country.
Adopting Your Child Again in the U.S.
Your child may need to be readopted in the U.S. Doing so will protect your child’s rights within the U.S. and will also allow you to obtain a birth certificate from the state in which you reside.
Secure and Confirm a Social Security Number
Prior to securing proof of your child’s U.S. citizenship, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will provide your child with a social security number. But in order to complete the process, you must provide the SSA with proof that the adoption process has been completed.
Secure Proof of Citizenship
This may be done by obtaining a U.S. passport for your child or by getting a Certificate of Citizenship from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This process will be discussed in another blog.
Working with an Immigration Lawyer