Wednesday, August 9, 2023

A Single Parent's Journey of Intercountry Adoption


In our practice of adoption law, we have heard countless stories of clients who inspire us with their resilience and determination. One such remarkable story is that of Amy, a brave single parent who embarked on an extraordinary journey of international adoption. Amy opened her heart and home to two children from a country in the Middle East. Adopting internationally is a major life decision that comes with both challenges and rewards. It requires navigating complex legal processes, embracing cultural differences, and having unwavering commitment. Amy accepted these challenges, motivated by the desire to provide a loving home for a child in need.

We had the opportunity to interview Amy about her experience, we discussed the joys, trials, and lessons learned throughout her journey. Her story serves as a testament to the compassion and dedication embodied by adoptive parents. Through Amy's story, we aim to inspire and educate others, shedding light on the profound impact adoption can have on the lives of both parent and child.

Amy’s decision to adopt internationally was deeply rooted in her upbringing and the experiences that shaped her worldview. Amy grew up overseas as the daughter of a diplomat, and with a mother who dedicated her time to volunteering at orphanages. Early in her life, Amy witnessed firsthand the plight of countless children without loving homes. This experience weighed heavily on her heart and ignited a desire to make a difference and provide a loving family for a child in need.

The journey of international adoption can be complex, requiring collaboration with an adoption agency to navigate the complicated legal processes. This is required for every intercountry adoption by the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Finding an accredited agency to supervise the process can be challenging. Amy’s experience of working with an adoption agency to build her family was a positive one. The agency provided invaluable support and guidance, particularly in navigating the U.S. side of the adoption process. While the overseas aspect of the adoption was more challenging, Amy appreciated the agency's realistic approach, they managed her expectations and made her aware of the potential obstacles. The agency's responsiveness and dedication to keeping her informed every step of the way provided her with a sense of comfort and reassurance during the often emotional and uncertain process.

Preparing yourself and your home for the arrival of adopted children requires careful consideration and cultural sensitivity. However, for Amy, the process was somewhat easier because she shared a cultural background with her children, having originally come from the same country. This shared heritage not only eased potential cultural barriers but also facilitated a deeper connection based on common language and religion. Despite the inevitable adjustments that come with any major life change, the familiar cultural foundation created a solid platform for Amy and her children to build their relationship upon. Now that Amy and her children are home in the United States, they have focused on doing life as a family. Amy has enrolled the children in school, placing the children in classes with special resources for non-native English speakers. She works remotely to be available for her children after school. The children needed routine immunizations and dental care. As the attachment grew, she introduced the children to extended family and friends.

Our office worked with Amy to finalize her adoption in Virginia, which is required under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 to give children United States Citizenship. We have also filed for proof of United States citizenship for the children with USCIS. The children should soon be full United States citizens.

Amy's inspiring journey of international adoption as a single parent showcases the profound impact that one person can have on the lives of others. Her story exemplifies the importance of creating a nurturing and supportive environment for children who have endured challenging circumstances.

 Karen S. Law

Law Offices of Karen S. Law, PLC | (703) 723 – 4385

Prepared by Alyssa Howes, paralegal, with assistance from Karen S. Law


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