Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Stephanie Zeppa


As the number of intercountry adoptions increases, it becomes important for countries like the United States to address the immigration needs of foreign children entering the country as the sons and daughters of its residents. This note provides an overview of the history of intercountry adoption in the United States. It gives examples of how the intercountry adoption process works, using China and Russia as examples of the complexity of the current process and the interplay between foreign and domestic law. The author also analyzes the impact of the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and concludes by advocating further reform to U.S. law, in particular the Immigration and Nationality Act.