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Intercountry adoption involves the adoption of a child from another country and can be facilitated by either an adoption agency or private attorney. Typically involves toddlers and young children (infants are less common). Takes 15 months - 24+ months. Costs $7,000-$35,000. Intercountry adoptions must be recognized by your local probate court. See the Forms from Franklin County Probate Court page of this guide.
Books at the Franklin County Law Library
The Globalization of Adoption: Individuals, States and Agencies Across Borders by
Call Number: HV 875.5 .M325
Publication Date: 2016
Immigration Law Service 2nd by
Call Number: KF 4815 . L47
Publication Date: 2012
Current version available on Westlaw on the Franklin County Law Library public computers.
The Politics of Adoption: International Perspectives on Law, Policy and Practice by
Call Number: HV 875 .038
Publication Date: 2015
Hague Convention on the Adoption of Children
The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) is an international agreement to safeguard intercountry adoptions. The United States signed the Convention in 1994, and the Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008.
The Convention applies to all adoptions by U.S. citizens habitually resident in the United States of children habitually resident in any country outside of the United States that is a party to the Convention (Convention countries). Adopting a child from a Convention country is similar in many ways to adopting a child from a country not party to the Convention. However, there are some key differences. In particular, those seeking to adopt may receive greater protections if they adopt from a Convention country.
Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000
U.S. law codified at 42 USC 14901, et.seq.
Oh. Rev. Code Sec. 3107.18
Foreign adoption decrees. Must file a petition to recognize foreign decree, Form PC-A-19.2 in Franklin County Probate Court.