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International adoptions can get a little tricky, as they involve many players on both sides of the ocean: U.S. adoption agencies and their foreign counterparts, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the U.S. Department of State and assorted bureaucracies in the child's home country that control the adoption process overseas.

Here is a general outline of how it might work; understand that what follows is an ENORMOUS simplification of what can be a trying process.

If, after skimming this section, you'd like to learn more about adopting overseas, you'd do best to check out Adopt Korea. While it ultimately focuses on adopting from Korea, this site includes a wonderful thing—content. There is a clear step-by-step walk through the adoption process, with lots of links to additional resources. If you are not sure where to begin, this site is a good place even if you are not seeking a child specifically from Korea.

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