Hire A Foreign Adoption Attorney Who Knows How International Agencies Work
If you dream of welcoming a child into your home from abroad, let your foreign adoption attorney in the greater Tampa Bay area help you through the process. When you seek the help of a professional, you can focus your time and energy on creating a friendly atmosphere for your new family member.
The team at Julie Beth Jouben, P.A., will be there for you through the complexities of dealing with multiple government agencies, filing your paperwork, obtaining all of the supporting documents you need and every other step of the way.
What You Can Expect
Bringing a child into the United States from abroad changes in popularity annually, but thousands of families seek to adopt children from other countries. In fact, many do so as their first choice. even though the process is time-consuming.
Your foreign adoption attorney can help you determine which type of adoption is best for you. Here are some reasons why Florida parents choose international over domestic adoptions:
- There is a small number of healthy infants available yearly in the United States, which leads to strict restrictions on domestic agencies.
- Often, families choose to go international to secure custody rights, to avoid situations in which domestic birth parents may have visitation rights, or otherwise interfere in the upbringing.
- Other countries may have more needs as children are at greater risk due to poor living conditions.
If you are exploring your options, make sure you hire a foreign adoption attorney who can provide you the services you need. Many countries require that foreign adoptions be handled by a limited number of international agencies. These agencies may not have an office in Florida, let alone in the greater Tampa Bay area. The process can be confusing enough without having a person to meet face to face with so everything can be explained to you.
In situations like this, the team at Julie Beth Jouben, P.A., can work with you and the required international agency to make sure that you understand the process from beginning to end.
Why Is There A Long Wait Time For International Adoptions?
Laws, regulations and agendas differ from nation to nation. Often, the changes in the political climate, government scandals and anti-international attitudes can affect how things play out for you. These factors also affect the time it takes for your child to come home to Clearwater, Tampa Bay or Palm Harbor if they are able to leave at all. When you have a knowledgeable foreign adoption attorney at your side, you get support during the process rather than frustrating yourself with what is beyond your control.
Wait times are unpredictable because they depend on random factors such as:
- The number of families who are in line ahead of you and where you are in the queue
- How many children are referred by the agency
- The adoption status in the country upon which you are waiting
Unfortunately, your foreign adoption attorney does not have control over the length of the process. We cannot guarantee a timeframe. The best thing you can do is make sure that you complete your part correctly in Clearwater, Tampa Bay or Palm Harbor. The goal is to avoid any further delays. In most cases, you will need to complete a home study, submit immigration documents, and prepare the dossier, which is required by that nation’s government. Once you are sure that everything has been sent off correctly, an unpredictable wait time is unavoidable.
To Discuss Your Options, Call Today
When you go through the international adoption process, you do not have much control and the wait time can be frustrating for people who are not familiar with the process. However, the attorneys at Julie Beth Jouben, P.A., are here to ease your mind. Call our office in Clearwater at 727-614-0070 or fill out our contact form.