Guide to Adoption in Nevada - International / Inter-country Adoptions

International adoption involves the adoption of a child from a country other than the United States, or the adoption of a child from the United States by a resident of a foreign country.

International adoption can be a complex process. Laws regarding adoption and emigration requirements vary from country to country. Consequently, interested adoptive applicants must work directly with a licensed private child-placing agency approved to handle these types of adoptions, and the federal Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) to ensure all legal requirements are met.

Families must have an approved home study, which must be completed by a State or County child welfare agency, or licensed child-placing agency. The home study process is initiated when the agency receives a request/referral from the international adoption agency or BCIS.

For More Information

For more information on the BCIS requirements in international adoptions, please access the BCIS website at or consult with your adoption agency.