Intercountry Adoption Defined

Intercountry Adoption is a process of finding a permanent, nurturing home for a child from another country. It is considered the best alternative for a child whose need for responsible parenting is unmet in the country of origin.

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Intercountry Adoption is a family building process. It enables families to bring children into their homes so that these children will be loved and cared for.

Intercountry Adoption is subject to the laws of the United States, as provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and enforced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department through its consular offices.

Intercountry Adoption is subject to the laws of the State of Hawaii and the Philippines.