Indiana gives full recognition to adoptions that are completed in another country, as long as the laws of the child’s home country laws and U.S. laws were followed. Whether or not you will be required to complete an adoption in Indiana or merely file a foreign adoption decree into an Indiana court will depend upon the circumstances of your individual adoption.
If your adoption was finalized in your child’s country of origin and your child entered the United States on an IR-3 or IH-3 visa, we can simply file the adoption decree into the court and obtain an Indiana birth certificate. We can also, if necessary, complete a change of your child’s name as part of this process. These cases do not require that the adoptive family attend a court hearing.
If your adoption was not finalized in the child’s country of origin and your child entered the United States on an IR-4 or IH-4 visa, the adoption will have to be finalized in a court in the state of Indiana.
Mr. Pecar has been the Assistant Director of KidsFirst Adoption for over 20 years and has been involved in over 600 international adoptions. He has completed countless recognitions of foreign adoption and has finalized many international adoptions in Indiana courts.