B. Documentation Required

The following is a list of documents required by the court before an adoption can be granted:

Adoption Order from a Foreign Country

Outgoing Convention Adoption Cases

•   An outgoing Convention adoption involves the adoption of a child resident in the United States by an individual or individuals residing in a Convention country when, in connection with the adoption, the child has moved or will move between the United States and the Convention country.

•   An outgoing Convention adoption must comply with processes established by the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) and its implementing regulations that afford adoptees the recognition of their adoption in another Convention country. Such compliance is also key to the adoptee's ability to enter and permanently reside in another Convention country.

•   An outgoing Convention adoption will involve a State court's issuance of either a final adoption decree or an order granting custody for the purpose of adoption in another Convention country.

•   For more information, please see the U.S. Department of State Office of Children's Issues Guide for State Authorities on Outgoing Adoption Cases from the United States to another Convention Country.