International Adoptions

International adoptions, after increasing in frequency for many years, are now on the decline, due to governmental crackdowns in the wake of numerous baby-trafficking scandals. New rules now apply to child adoption and custody matters, and people seeking to adopt abroad must abide by these rules.

Successful International Adoption For The Dallas, Texas, Region

These factors must be in order:

  • The home country of the child in question must allow adoptions by foreigners. Our office can help research this and comply with any special rules relating to that country.
  • The child must be no older than 16 years and must be an orphan.
  • The adopting parents must be 25 years old or older and be U.S. citizens. (If they are married, only one parent must be a citizen.)
  • The adoption can be finalized in the U.S., but the adoption itself must occur in the country of origin. As an alternative, the adoptive parents must gain legal custody of the child.
  • An agency must evaluate the adoptive family and ensure that the home is suitable for the child.

The evaluation is something our office can help you prepare for. The agency will want to visit the home and interview all adults living there. Officials will make a physical, mental and emotional assessment of all adults. They will want to know about family finances and any criminal history. Each adult will be asked to write an autobiographical statement, and you will be instructed in the special problems arising with the adoption of a child from abroad.

Assistance With Every Kind Of Foreign Adoption

Only when the adoption process is complete should you apply for an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa for your child from the consular office of the child’s country of origin. They want to be certain the adoption is proper, that the child truly is an orphan, and that there are no medical conditions that would make adoption prohibitive. A certificate of citizenship should follow in a few weeks.

Immigration attorney Mark E. Jacobs will be pleased to assist you at every stage of this exhaustive process and guide you through to successful adoption. To learn more contact Dallas international adoption lawyer Mark E. Jacobs at 972-445-7577, or write to him using this email link.

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  • January 21, 2020
    Barbara R.
    Exceptional customer service! Everyone here is awesome. From Daisy ( at the front desk) to Christy (legal assistant) to Mark. I highly recommend them!!
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    Beatriz B.
    I have been getting all my legal service with the office of Mark E Jacobs for over 7 years now. They are on top of everything and have made a difficult journey a lot easier, taking some of the weight of my shoulders. They have gotten us the results we wanted in a timely process, even when immigration overall is taking months and months. I appreciate all the hard work they did for my family and me.
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  • December 17, 2019
    Mohammad A.
    Me and my wife are very much thankful to Mr Mark E Jacob, Miss Chriestie and their staff for working very efficiently and diligently for our naturalization process. Today we passed our test thanks to mr Mark for occumpanying us during the interview He commands a lot of respect from everybody in USCIS We pray for his practice flourish more.
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