International Adoption Finalizations
Whether required or personally preferred, on your return home as a family, U.S. adoptive parents often re-adopt internationally adopted children in their home state. The Law Offices of Laurie B. Goldheim represent New York and New Jersey families in the legal re-adoption of your newly internationally adopted children through your local courts.
The legal re-adoption process depends on whether your child was granted an IH-3 or IH-4 visa. If an IH-4 visa was granted, a full re-adoption proceeding is required. If, however, an IH-3 visa was granted, local court recognition of the foreign adoption is streamlined.
We regularly help with cases where the foreign country grants guardianship of your child to you as prospective adoptive parents but the foreign court does not finalize your child’s adoption. In these situations, you must finalize the adoption in your home state.