The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA) was passed to provide automatic U.S. citizenship to internationally adopted children of American parents. This act basically states that if the adoptive parents attend the foreign court adoption hearing, then the child automatically becomes a citizen when they enter the U.S. If the adoptive parents do not attend the foreign court adoption hearing, the child does not become a citizen upon entering the U.S. Instead, the adoptive parents will have to file a formal adoption proceeding in Florida to complete the adoption of the child. Once that proceeding is concluded, the child automatically becomes a citizen of the United States.
Andrew G. Storie is a divorce, family law and adoption attorney who serves Orlando and all of Central Florida. For more information, or if you have questions please visit www.storielaw.com or call us at (407) 838-0887.