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  1. Missouri BarJoint CLE Committees November 18, 2011 INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: Here? There? Anywhere? Kathleen A. Harvey, JD INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  2. Private Adoption Abroad Hague Treaty Illegal US Entry Parent NOT USC Child is 16 AVOIDING THE ADOPTIONLANDMINES INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  3. “HERE? “International” Adoption Inside The USA ISSUE # 1 – Hague Convention ALARM BELLS? IF SO, IS CHILD Habitually Resident ?? ISSUE #2 – Is Child Here Legally? (Visitor? Student?) Is Child Under 16? ADOPTION COMPLETE? – US CITIZEN Waits 2 Years, Apply To For “Green Card” Status if US INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  4. OTHER OPTIONS ? SPECIAL IMMIRANT JUVENILE STATUS STATE COURT ORDER Juvenile under Court’s Jurisdiction (e.g. Probate) = Not in child’s best interest to be returned = Due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or similar state law basis. & Can NOT be only for purpose of SIJS INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  5. HERE? “International” Adoption Inside The USA • But What IF No Parent Is A US Citizen? • Only Lawful Permanent Resident? • Is Child Here Legally? (Visitor? Student?) Child Must Maintain Legal Status In US, AND • Wait Until A Visa Is Available (5 year wait) • OR LPR PARENT BECOMES A US CITIZEN • If child under 18, then automatic US citizenship • WHAT IF PARENT OR CHILD IS “ILLEGAL”? INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  6. Q. PRIVATE ADOPTIONS OUTSIDE THE US? NON-HAGUE COUNTRIES ONLY NOT unless “ORPHAN” OR parent is USC and lives with child outside the US for 2 years total. WHO IS AN ORPHAN? Legally an orphan? Abandoned? ANYWHERE?ADOPTION LANDMINES INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  7. YOU DO IF YOU PRACTICE: ADOPTION LAW CRIMINAL DEFENSE JUVENILE LAW WORK FOR DSS/DFS GUARDIAN Ad Litem SO -- WHO NEEDS TO KNOW IMMIGRATION LAW? My Kid Cases INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?

  8. KATHLEEN A. HARVEY, JD Member American Immigration Lawyers Association 7011 W. 121st Street, Suite 102 Overland Park, KS 66209 www.harveyimmigration.net Kathleen@HarveyImmigration.com (913) 491-6331 FAX (913) 491-6318 INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION: HERE? THERE? ANYWHERE?