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Recognition of Foreign Adoptoin

We adopted our daughter in Colombia and came back this past summer.

We would like to re adopt her in Florida (recognition of foreign adoption).
Have any of you done it on your own or have had to hire a lawyer. I have not found anyong who has done it on their own yet but was wondering if it was possible ( we live in Broward County).

Thank you for any guidance you may have.



We adopted our child from Russia almost 9 years ago. We did a re-adoption here in Florida, but we used an attorney.  It was a simple process and the lawyer handled most of the transaction. We then had a court hearing where the judge awards a re- adoption and then you are issued a Certificate of Foreign Birth which looks just like a US birth certificate. This is much better to have as an official document for your child than just the foreign adotion papers.  I recommend that you do it so your child can have an official birth certificate.  Hope this helps!


Posted by Deb on Jan 27, 2015 at 1:31pm

Not sure if you realize it but the Colombian adoption is already recognized as an adoption. The benefits to US re-adoption are you will have an easier time getting her “birth” certificate which will be as if she was born in the US (she won’t have to contact Colombia when she needs a copy) and also it makes inheriting from you that much easier.

That said, why try and do it on your own?  It is a quick process with a lawyer, also inexpensive. I don’t know any one (not a lawyer) who has done it on their own, nor how possible it would be, but I suspect it would take more time than it is worth for very little saving, if any.

Posted by Happy Camper on Jan 27, 2015 at 5:47pm

Thank you very much. Yes I understand that a Colombia adoption is recognized as an adoption, but we want to make it easier for our daughter so she can get a birth certificate in Florida whenever she will need one.

I have checked the costs working with a lawyer and they range anywhere from $ 1200 to $ 2,000.

After I sent out this post, I also discussed this subject with another adoptive parent ( in another state) who is a lawyer herself and based on her findings ( her search of Florida Laws)  we can do it on our own. Thank you very much for your input.

Posted by PCC on Jan 30, 2015 at 5:32pm

Hi PCC, I know this thread is very old however I came across it when trying to find out how I could do a recognition of foreign adoption for three of my children adopted from China. I live in Palm Beach county. I see that you found out how to do it yourself. Can you pass on any advice? I am really having a hard time finding forms for this. Thank you. My email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Madpolsen on Dec 31, 2016 at 1:33pm

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