In most cases, a lawyer must have experience with adoption and is licensed in the state where you need to file. These lawyers will usually speak your language and understand both international adoptions as well as domestic practices. You can find a lawyer who specializes in adoption or is an expert on international law by searching for their name online, talking to them regarding their specific practice areas, or using referrals from trusted colleagues. In addition, you should ask prospective attorneys about the cost of filing documents abroad which may include travel expenses if applicable. Decide whether it is worth it to pay this fee when compared with other costs associated with putting together an adoption plan including attorney fees plus legal assistance from US-based organizations such as Intercountry Adoptions (IA), AdoptAnAmericanChild (AAC) and American Citizens Abroad (ACA).
Getting financial help: If we run into unexpected obstacles on our journey we would be grateful for any financial help that could be offered to us so that we can keep going! We are still waiting on some more paperwork before we officially become parents but don’t want anything holding up our plans either 🙁