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February 19th, 2009, 05:18 PM
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Hi, I was wondering if any of you happen to know how an international relative adoption would work in the following instance:

I am Canadian, my sister is also Canadian, and she is pregnant (at the moment we *think* she is planning to keep the baby, but if she chooses to give it up for adoption we'd really like to see the baby stay in the family!!). My husband is a US citizen, so to my understanding he is the one who would have to do the petitioning for the permission from USCIS to adopt. Even as a four-person family we are considered above the 2009 poverty lines, so though our income is small, we should be considered financially able to provide, and I see no reason why a homestudy would indicate that we were unable to adopt. SO, the question is, since she would have to have relinquished all custodial rights in writing, would that have to have happened and the baby have been placed in an orphanage/foster home, or could it all happen as a part of the legal proceedings? I'm just a little confused as to how it all works. It would be so much simpler if she were giving birth in the States, I think, since that baby would be American by birth. Anyway... just thought I would see if anyone could clarify the whole "relinquishing custody" thing for me! Thanks!
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February 19th, 2009, 06:30 PM
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Hmm, I really don't know how that would all work. I'd look for a good adoption attorney to ask. It seems that if she is willing to just sign over the rights it shouldn't be too big of a hassle... but then adoption is always more of a hassle than I think it should be.

I hope others on here might be of more help.

Good luck! Let us know what you find out!
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February 19th, 2009, 08:27 PM
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I'd look for a good adoption attorney to ask. It seems that if she is willing to just sign over the rights it shouldn't be too big of a hassle... but then adoption is always more of a hassle than I think it should be.[/b]
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