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Karen Law (LAWADOPTION)
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Ethiopia Adoption Suspension
As of April 21, 2017, adoptions from Ethiopia have been put on suspension by the  Ethiopian  government.  Regardless of what stage an adoption is in, the Ministry of Women and Children's  Affairs, MOWA, has indicated that only negative letters will be issue...

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Is your adopted child living overseas with you a U.S. Citizen?


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Is My Adopted Child a U.S. Citizen?
I am frequently asked, "Is my adopted child a U.S. citizen"? This can be confusing especially if your child was adopted many years ago. Child Citizenship Act taken from the Department of State Intercountry Adoption Website : "It is important to ensure that ...

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Stepparent Adoption; Biological Father Uninvolved or Unknown in Virginia
When a parent of a child marries or remarries, there are lots of
changes that happen to create a new family dynamic.  The stepparent may
want to adopt his spouse's child as his own.  There are several different
situations in which adoption becomes the best ...

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Virginia Step Parent Adoption Process
Step Parent Adoption: What are the steps? Are there specific rules to follow? There are really practical reasons to pursue a step parent adoption, such as everyone in the family having the same name.  Or allowing the new parent to authorize medical care, he...

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Michael Steele Talks about His Adoption Story
Who doesn't need an inspiring adoption story during this time of year? We just listened to The Ax Files Podcast of Michael Steele talking about his adoption. Michael Steele is an American politician who served as the first African-American chairperson of th...

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December 23, 2016, new fees will go into effect for USCIS form
"On  December 23, 2016, new fees will go into effect for USCIS forms  as a result of a final rule  published in the  Federal Register  on October 24, 2016. This means that anyone filing an  adoption application or petition on or after December 23, 2016, mus...

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Good News for Thanksgiving--2017 Tax Credit
As the Holidays are fast approaching, we have some great news to share with you.  The IRS just released the 2017 Adoption Tax Credit amount and it's up from last year.  Creating a Family has a good overview: Straight from the Creating A Family Website: "201...

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How to Locate a Reputable Domestic Adoption Agency
There are so options that go into adopting a child; how can you know which direction is the best for you?  You want to start by making sure you do your research and you know what you are looking for or it can be overwhelming. When you adopt domestically, yo...
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