child adoptionThe I-800A application form if a form which is submitted to Homeland Security if you are wanting to adopt a child. This application form needs to be completed as an “Application for suitability to adopt a child from a Hague Convention country”. Thailand is a Hague Convention country so this is the correct form. Note that this form is for American citizens only.

Child Adoption : I-800A

The first list of question are only person identifiable information such as your name, surname, social security number and other contact details. The second question asks which country you are wanting to adopt from. You will note the warning that you cannot use this form for a child located in a non-Hague Convention country.

The third part is very important as you have to identify your current status in the US. This will affect how the adoption occurs. You will note the following options on the form:

  • A person who is domiciled in the United States;
  • A person who is domiciled in the United States, even if temporally living outside the US

The first option is not an issue however the second is. If you have lived abroad outside of the US and still are then the adoption process has a slight change. If as an example you are an American who has lived and still lives in Singapore and have lived there for more than 6 months then you need a Home Study done in Singapore even if you are an American. The process become more complicated as the child would need to be able to live in Singapore with you but also needs to be able to travel to the US and be able to become a US citizen. As stated on this website that inter-country adoptions are complicated and it is best to speak to an attorney who has experience with all these different needs.

The remainder of the document is about marital status as well as any previous marriages which you had. The important section is question ten:

  • Have you even been convicted, cited or arrested for a DUI?
  • Have you ever received amnesty or a pardon?
  • Have you ever received a suspended sentence or placed on parole?
  • Have you even been investigated for child abuse locally or in a foreign country?

Safe to say that if you have ticked yes to any of the above four then the likelihood of you getting permission for an adoption is going to be very slim to none. You will need to take legal advice in this situation as the adoption could be for your step children from a Thai fiancée/wife. You will need to provide all the documents for the incident that has occurred so that it can be viewed by Homeland Security and the USCIS. The above questions are also applicable to your wife.

Another note is that if you are married but separated then you cannot use this form unless you are living together as the I-800A is a joint petition. The US I-800A application when approved is valid for 15 months.

Speak to a lawyer if you are interesting in adoption in Thailand. The lawyer will also be able to explain all of the above to you. The information provided above is only a guide and does not substitute for proper legal advice.

 

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