The United States’ implementation of the Hague Convention has resulted in interim regulations from the State Department and Department of Homeland Security. The consequences for not following these newly implemented regulations where they apply can be devastating for the adoptive parents and children.

Now, for the first time, a comprehensive resource covering international adoption issues is available for attorneys and those in need of up-to-date guidance. AILA’s International Adoption Sourcebook is the go-to source on international adoption and immigration options for children. This timely, one-of-a-kind resource comprehensively provides guidance on:

  • Intercountry adoption
  • Habitual residency
  • Visas for children
  • U.S. citizenship for adopted children
  • Immigration alternatives to adoption

and more!

The International Adoption Sourcebook also provides an extensive amount of background information including government memos, flow charts, relevant websites, forms, and more.

BONUS! Also provided is an overview of immigration options for minors who cannot benefit under the new regulations, as well as agency listings by country with contact information.

The new rules governing international adoptions are complicated. AILA’s International Adoption Sourcebook will simplify the process for adoptive parents and their children.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of The International Adoption Sourcebook will go to support the work of the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, which is jointly sponsored by AILA and the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants.

Dan H. Berger (editor-in-chief) is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School. He won the 1995 AILF Edward L. Dubroff Legal Writing Contest for an article on INS policies toward international adoptions. He is chair of the AILA Board of Publications, and has served on the AILA Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee for several years. He developed his interest in immigration in college, where he studied immigration history and taught English as a Second Language classes for adult refugees. He now specializes in serving academic clients for the firm of Curran, Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA.

Carine Rosalia-Marion (associate editor) is an associate attorney with Steffas & Associates, P.C., in Marietta, GA, where she practices immigration law, with a focus on intercountry adoptions. Ms. Rosalia-Marion recently presented the topic of adoption practices before a delegation of the French Central Authority, and her article on consular relations was recently published in the Georgia Bar Journal. She received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and also holds law degrees from France and England.

Amanda Shipley (associate editor) is an associate attorney with Tocci, Goss & Lee, PC, in Boston, specializing in business immigration law. She also manages firm business litigation matters. Ms. Shipley has practiced immigration law since 2005 and has extensive experience with a wide range of business– and employment-related immigration issues, including H-1B, L-1A and L-1B, E-2, and TN visas, PERM labor certification, and all categories of I-140s. Prior to commencing her career in immigration law, Ms. Shipley represented clients in employment and other litigation matters. Ms. Shipley’s prior experience in litigation included representing clients before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts. Ms. Shipley is a graduate of the University of Arizona cum laude (1998) and the Boston University School of Law (BUSL) (2002). She is also a member of the AILA and serves as a Mentor in the BUSL Alumni/Mentoring Program.

Irene Steffas (senior editorial consultant), of Steffas & Associates, PC, in Marietta, GA, specializes in adoption, immigration, and assisted reproduction technologies. She has distinguished herself as an expert in the area of intercountry adoptions by speaking at national conventions for the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, AILA, and state continuing legal education seminars. She also has been serving the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Program as a goodwill ambassador in such countries as Spain, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Adoption agencies continue to seek her advice and assistance as they process visas for adopted children through the U.S. embassies, while foreign courts refer to her expertise as they request legal opinions on the rights of adopted children in the United States.