International Adoptions

Even though parents are permitted to directly adopt from many foreign countries, many prospective adoptive parents choose to go through an agency. This is because it can be quite difficult and risky to navigate the adoption process in general, especially in a foreign country. International adoptions are essentially private legal matters between individuals (or couple) who wish to adopt, and a foreign court, that operates under that country's laws and regulations. Parents considering international adoption should be advised that, in general, U.S. authorities cannot intervene on behalf of prospective parents with the courts in the country where the adoption takes place. Accordingly, agencies that specialize in international adoptions can be a valuable resource because they will provide assistance complying with the relevant immigration laws, as well as the laws of the foreign nation that parents wish to adopt from.

According to U.S. immigration law, a parent seeking to adopt from another nation can be either be married or single, but must be over the age of 25. Additionally, the parents seeking to adopt internationally must submit a petition with the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS), as well as other documentation in order to proceed with the adoption. An advantage of international adoption is that much of the required paperwork can be completed before parents are even been matched with a child. In fact, prospective adoptive parents are encouraged to complete the before selecting a child to avoid delay in the adoption process.

An attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in international adoptions can be an invaluable resource to prospective parents attempting to navigate the process of international adoption.

Contact Our Western Pennsylvania International Adoption Attorneys Today

Contact our Pittsburgh adoption lawyers to speak with one of our experienced Allegheny County adoption lawyers and learn how we can help you build your family through adoption. You may also telephone our PA adoption law firm in Pittsburgh at 412-281-9906, Southpointe (Canonsburg, Washington County) at 724-436-5500, Cranberry Township (Butler County, PA) at 724-776-9906 or toll-free at 1-844-VARI-LAW. Our Pittsburgh and Southpointe law offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment. Our Cranberry Township office is open by appointment only. We're different from many other Pittsburgh adoption lawyers, click here to learn why.

Appointments may also be available in other meeting locations throughout Western Pennsylvania upon advance arrangements with our office. Ask the secretary scheduling your appointment for details including appointment locations.

Our Western PA family law office routinely accepts adoption cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our Pittsburgh adoption attorneys accept adoption cases in other Western PA counties such as Armstrong County, Erie County, Fayette County, Greene County, Somerset County and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.