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Re-Adoption of Internationally Adopted Children

Many American families have received the gift of parenthood by adopting a child from another country. International adoption is a rewarding but very complicated process. A final but important step in this journey is the “re-adoption” of the child in Washington state court.

Washington Re-Adoption of International Adoption

Joyce Schwensen has assisted many families with re-adoption of their children in Washington state, and generally handles these cases for a flat fee. As a mother of children adopted internationally, Joyce Schwensen knows that you have gone through years of endless paperwork, so she strives to make re-adoption easy and quick for adoptive families. Call the Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 to start the re-adoption process.


How the Re-Adoption Process Works

Working with the Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen to complete the re-adoption of your internationally adopted child is usually quite simple. We start by preparing a Petition for Adoption to be filed in Superior Court. Then we file your original homestudy with the court, along with all updates and amendments. Your social worker or adoption agency must be appointed by the court to prepare a post placement report. If you already have a recent post placement report, it can usually be used for the re-adoption. Your background check clearances and medical and financial records must be up-to-date, and a report from the child’s medical care provider must be obtained and filed with the court.

Once all these documents are in the court’s file, we will prepare the final adoption documents and schedule a date for a hearing to finalize your adoption under Washington law. On the day of the hearing, you will come to court with the child, and any other family and friends you may choose to invite, and give your testimony that you understand what it means to adopt the child and that you want to finalize the adoption in Washington.

The Judge or Court Commissioner will then sign the Decree of Adoption, and the adoption will be complete! Having taken this last step, your child will now be able to obtain a birth certificate from the Washington State Department of Health, which will show their original date and place of birth, but will reflect you as the parents. This can be very helpful in the future should your child need to obtain a certified copy of his or her birth certificate. He or she can get it from Olympia, rather than from their country of birth.

Most importantly, if your child did not become a U.S. citizen under the U.S. Child Citizenship Act, then the Decree of Adoption is the final document that is needed gain your child’s U.S. citizenship. Once you have this document, you can obtain a Certificate of Citizenship or a U.S. Passport - or both - to prove that you child is once and for all a citizen of the United States.


Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen | Washington Adoption Attorney

Washington adoption lawyer Joyce Schwensen can help you through the final step in an international adoption, the re-adoption of your child in Washington state court. Call the Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 for more information and to get the re-adoption process started.

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