Any adoption occurring when the child and the adoptive parents are from two different countries. Extra legal work through immigration services must be done to authorize an international adoption.
Adoption of a child born in another country or who is a citizen of another country. International adoptions require fulfilling any legal requirements of the child's country of birth and gaining immigration approval from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), as well as meeting the regular state and federal laws related to adoption.
a private legal affair between the individual or couple wishing to adopt and the courts of the foreign country