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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Question Senior U.S. Citizen Adopting Foreign Adult

    My question involves adoption law for the State of: New York, Washington DC

    Hello. I know of a Chinese old lady who is over 80 years old now. She is a U.S. citizen who resided in DC and/or NY. She has no husband or children. Recently she has been considering of adopting a young lady from China. The young lady is a 23-year-old who has been close to the old lady's family. The young lady's mother was a long-time student under the old lady's sibling decades ago. They are not related by blood, but they had lived together a long time ago.

    My questions are:

    1. Is it possible for the old lady to adopt the 23-year-old foreign young lady if both parties consented? What documents or evidences do they need to show?

    2. If the young lady wants to come to the U.S. to stay and take care of the old lady, how could she do so? Would she be eligible for applying for a green card or does she need to apply for a certain visa? How does the naturalization work for the young lady in this case?

    Please contact me soon. Thank you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Behind a Desk

    Default Re: Senior U.S. Citizen Adopting Foreign Adult

    1. That will depend upon the laws of the jurisdiction where they attempt the adoption. As it stands, that would appear to be China, and this is a U.S. forum.

    2. You can't adopt an adult then sponsor them as an adult child.

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