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Written by Jessie McNaughton
on July 12, 2016

From time to time, people find themselves in a situation where they have the opportunity to adopt a relative child who lives overseas.  Whether the children who can be adopted were orphaned, removed from their parents, or have legal orphan status for another reason, US citizens can adopt their nieces, nephews, cousins, or other family members who find themselves without their biological parents.  This can be an opportunity for the adoptive parents to help ease the suffering of their family as well give the children an opportunity for a fresh start and supportive parents.  No matter the reason that you decide to adopt an international family member, Family Connections can help you through the process.




Adopting a relative internationally is very similar to adopting a non-relative child, with some differences.  Each country has its own process.  Many countries do not have active international adoption programs but will allow for the adoption of a child by a family member by a US citizen.  An adoption in a country that does not have an established process will probably be more complicated, but with a good primary provider (adoption agency) and a good immigration attorney, it can be done. 


Adopting a relative child from overseas can be a wonderful way to support your family who has endured a tragic loss of parents or another event that has legally orphaned your family member.


If you would like to learn more about adopting a relative child internationally, please give us a call at 1-607-756-6574 or 1-800-535-5556 (toll free), email us at info@adoptfamiltconnections.org, or click the button below to ask us your questions.  If we cannot help you, we will find an agency that can. 


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