Effect of Foreign Adoption Decree
Twenty-six States and one territory (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) grant the same recognition and effect to final decrees of adoption when issued pursuant to due process in a foreign country as to decrees of adoption issued in that State or territory.
States Granting Full Effect and Recognition to Foreign Adoption Decrees
States Allowing Re-Adoption
Re-adoption is allowed by statute in 17 States upon submission of a petition accompanied by proof of adoption in a foreign court. Three States (California,Connecticut, and Tennessee) specify in their codes that re-adoption is allowed ifrequired by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.