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Family Law Attorney Kathleen Tana Authors Article on International Adoption Law for The Legal Intelligencer

July 12, 2016

By Kathleen M. Tana

The area of adoption law, like other legal specialties, is subject to changes and trends. However, few areas of domestic relations practice are also subject to global influences and the shifting demands of international politics as is the field of international adoption law.

International adoptions are most often completed in the country of the adoptive child's origin. In most cases, the adoptive parents are working with an agency that has extensive contacts in the host country and acts to shepherd the adoptive parents through the legal process in that country.

In such cases, the role of the local adoption attorney is usually to assist the family in completing the adoption process upon their return home. Most adoption experts recommend that a family returning with a child who has been adopted in a foreign country should either "re-adopt" or "register" the adoption of the child in their local jurisdiction.

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