While it is true that if a child enters the country under an IR-3 visa, he/she will be a U.S. citizen thanks to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, but there are still good reasons for re-adoption once back in the U.S.A.
1. A Legal & Binding U.S. Birth CertificateWhether your child is getting a driver's license or adopting one day, your child will need a copy of her birth certificate at different points in her lifetime. It would be much easier for your child to seek a copy of her birth certificate through your state's department of vital records than try to get one (if it still exists) in her birth country.
2. A Legal Name Change Can Be CompletedIf you desire to have your child's name legally changed, re-adoption is the time to complete this change.
3. Not all U.S. States Will Recognize a Foreign Adoption DecreeThere are eighteen states and the District of Columbia, and four U.S. Territories that have no statutory provisions regarding international adoptions. These include:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- American Samoa
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
4. So, You Live in a State that Recognizes Foreign Adoptions - What if You Move?If you happen to move into one of the above mentioned states that do not recognize a foreign adoption decree there could be trouble. For example, your child may not be seen as a legal heir.
5. Re-adoption Is Another Reason to Have a Party!Re-adoption gives you another day to plan an event to celebrate your child's adoption.
Re-adoption may be a hassle, but the hassle may be worth it in the long run.