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Overseas adoptions and family law

In New Jersey and across the country, adoption is a way for many people to complete their families. Sometimes these families seek to accomplish this goal by arranging an international adoption. However, adopting outside of the United States can be a long and difficult process, and many families consult with family law attorneys to help them.

One couple recently became the first U.S. family to adopt a child from Nigeria. The couple decided after having their son that they wished to have more children through adoption. They discovered that the adoption process in Africa had a mandatory 12-month waiting period, but they soon discovered that sometimes the adoption process can take even longer. 

After seeing a picture of a 3-year-old girl for the first time, the couple inquired about adopting her, and they were the first to do so. The couple and their son communicated with her through video chats and were eventually able to visit with her in Nigeria. They stayed for several weeks in order to get to know the child before eventually bringing her back to the United States. 

Many families who have or are considering adoption know that it is a long, expensive and sometimes difficult process. It can take anywhere from a few months to several years for an adoption to be completed, depending on where the child is being adopted from. People in New Jersey who are considering adoption could greatly benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney in their area. 

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