Managing Your International Adoption Paperwork Guide

You can become a wizard with international adoption paperwork.

Jennifer S. Jones August 02, 2017

On a recent visit to my house my mother presented me with a large box of keepsakes. In it were my report cards, letters home, and duplicates of my college applications. Remember those? Essays about your hopes and dreams. Neatly written paragraphs of what you aspired to become. I remember the hurdles of paperwork, both with college and graduate school, and how tough it was to navigate each step. Looking back, the journey to higher education was a piece of cake compared to international adoption. It is a grueling process but having gone through it twice–with two different countries–I have become an Olympic paperwork submitter. Here are some tips to help you go for the paperwork gold!

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Jennifer S. Jones

Jennifer S. Jones is a writer, performer, storyteller and arts educator. She holds an MFA (Playwriting) from NYU Tisch. She has written numerous plays including the internationally renowned, award-winning Appearance of Life. Her amazing transracial transcultural family was created through adoption from China and India. She is passionate about the adoption community and talks about the ins and outs, ups and downs, joys and "is this really us?!" whenever she can. She writes about her experiences at

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