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

Alaska
Iowa
North Dakota
Arkansas
Kansas
Ohio
Delaware
Maryland
Oklahoma
Florida
Massachusetts
Oregon
Georgia
Minnesota
Pennsylvania
Hawaii
Missouri
South Carolina
Idaho
Montana
Vermont
Illinois
New Hampshire
Wisconsin
Indiana
New Mexico

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.

California
Kansas
Ohio
Colorado
Maine
Oklahoma
Connecticut
Maryland
Pennsylvania
Georgia
Minnesota
Tennessee
Hawaii
New Hampshire
Wisconsin
Idaho
North Carolina

SOURCE:  

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information National Adoption Information Clearinghouse