Intercountry Adoption

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Adoptions from the U.S.

Child Citizenship

A child being adopted from the United States to another Convention country retains his/her U.S. citizenship. He or she may also acquire the citizenship of the prospective adoptive parents depending on the citizenship status of the parents and the laws of the other Convention country. In other words, the child may become a dual citizen. The Convention requires that the emigrating child be authorized to reside permanently in the receiving country.


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