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Q&A: Adoption roadblocks?

We are UK citizens who are currently working in the US. We have been here for almost 7 years with H-1B visas and are waiting on our Green Cards (this has been a 6-year wait so far!). Is it even possible for us to adopt a child within the US?

Re: We are UK citizens who are currently working in the US. We have been here for almost 7 years with H-1B visas and are waiting on our Green Cards (this has been a 6-year wait so far!). Is it even possible for us to adopt a child within the US?

The Bump Expert

First of all, I need to add the disclaimer that the following answer is not intended to be legal advice.

To adopt internationally through the US government (State Department and US Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS]), one member of the couple must be a US citizen. The problem you face is not so much with the adoption, but with the immigration of that child. To immigrate a child to the US, and thus to gain US citizenship, you must be a US citizen, which is logical when viewed from the immigration standpoint. Your child must be given citizenship, and the only citizenship you can confer is British. Therefore, you must work through the UK adoption and citizenship laws. Try contacting the Department for Children, Schools, and Families (DFSF) for information. Once your child has British citizenship you can apply to the USCIS to allow the child to live in the US.

Dawn Davenport

Q&A: Adoption roadblocks?

What if the child is already a US citizen? The expert did not answer that question.

Legally Nads |

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I have an adoption roadblock questions as well. My husband and I are thinking about adoption but my husband has a felony on his criminal record from when he was 18 years old. He is now 36 and has had no other problems with the law. I am a social worker for Maryland. Will his criminal record prevent us from adopting?

kscholz09 |

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For kscholz09, I know you posted this awhile back but I'd like to answer your question. I currently work for a foster/adopt organization. You are still allowed to adopt and/or foster a child even with your husbands previous record. They will do what is called a "risk evaluation" on your husband, how he has changed, learned from his mistakes, etc. This will certainly not prevent you, good luck. I suggest you go to an agency and they will get the ball rolling for ya'll.

sg1236 |

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You can still adopt, even with visas.

sg1236 |

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I remember a friend that had a similar problem. IT was pretty difficult dealing with these 2 states, but I remember that she made it possible. After all she did adopt her first child in the US. Now, they're dealing with the ziploc bags in the states and they are doing great.

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