Readoption for Children Adopted Internationally

Service member and wife with three children

Adoption can be a wonderful way to grow your military family. If you adopt a child from another country, you'll need to get smart on readoption when you return to the United States. Readoption is the legal process that can affect your child's school enrollment, inheritance rights and Social Security benefits. The process may be required or voluntary depending on your state. Either way, you’ll probably want a lawyer to help you through it.

In many cases, the adoption of a foreign-born child is finalized overseas, and parents receive an adoption decree and birth certificate from the foreign government — usually with English translations. The federal government and 26 states recognize adoptions finalized overseas.

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