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International adoption rule stops couple from bringing kids home

An American couple that had previously completed two successful international adoptions is now facing trouble as it seeks to complete two additional international adoptions for children from the nation of Uganda. The struggle this family is currently experiencing may serve as a good reminder to North Carolina families that wish to grow through international adoption that the requirements of this process can vary greatly and the success of which may depend upon the laws that apply to the nation where the adoptions are to occur.

The parents in this family adopted two children from Ethiopia in the past and now hope to bring two children from Uganda home. However, according to American immigration law in order for a child from Uganda to be adopted at least one of their biological parents must be deceased. The two children that the couple had adopted were in an orphanage and their records showed that each had a deceased parent. However, upon investigation, it was discovered that in both cases the children's biological parents had lied and that neither had a deceased biological parent.

As such the children have been denied entry into the United States. Their parents are fighting to find a way to bring them home and still may appeal the decision to keep their kids out of the country. If they are unable to overcome this law that keeps their children from entering the United States then the parents plan to move their family to Uganda to be together.

The international adoption process can be difficult but with the help of competent legal representation many families are able to grow in size and love through the addition of children from across the world. To learn more about the requirements for international adoption readers are asked to contact their family law attorneys and to inquire about their particular legal questions.

Source:, "Family Fights To Bring Adopted Children Home," Seth Stephenson, Aug. 16, 2017

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