If you are going to adopt as an American citizen then there are rules for the adoption process. The first question is who can adopt a child and what is the process. We will start with who can adopt a child and bring the child back to the United States. Below you will find the listing for who can adopt.
The federal agency that will make the determination is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may not adopt a child and bring the child to the United States unless they have given you permission for this. They first have to establish if you have this right to adopt from another country. Note the first set of rules for adoption:
- You must be an American citizen to adopt;
- If you are unmarried, you must be at least 25 years old at the time of adoption;
- If you are married, you will have to jointly adopt the child
- If you are separated but not divorced it still has to be a joint adoption;
- Your spouse must also be either a U.S. citizen or in legal status in the United States.
- You must meet certain requirements – criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and a home study.