Anyone wanting to adopt a foreign born child will go through an array of investigative processes, including a home study and background check. As an immigration attorney, I find that often people know little to nothing about the background check and how it works. In this blog, I’m going to consider what you should expect when undergoing a background check.
In a Hague Adoption the home study preparer is charged with reviewing child abuse registries in all states and foreign countries that each adult has resided in since his/her 18th birthday. They will check on any and all adults in the household, including you and your spouse.
There are four different situations that will define how the home study preparer will approach the investigation of any potential child abuse. If they are searching a foreign country or state that allows access to records, they will simply check for records. But some countries and states require permission from the person being reviewed and others will only release the information to the person being investigated. Continue reading “Immigration Lawyer Explains Background Checks and Intercountry Adoption” »