Who Can Be Adopted from Italy

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Because Italy is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Italy must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Italy attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. In addition to Italy's requirements, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee for you to bring him or her back to the United States.


Relinquishment Requirements: The judge can terminate the parental custody when the parent violates or neglects his/her parental duties or abuses of his/her powers, with serious prejudice to the child. Therefore, due to serious reasons, the judge can order the removal of either the child or the parent, who mistreats or abuses the minor, from the family's residence.

Abandonment Requirements: In order to be declared "adoptable," the child must be in a state of abandonment, meaning that the child cannot live in his or her own family. The minor who is deprived of moral and material assistance by the parents or relatives, who are considered responsible for his/her support, is considered abandoned.

Age Requirements: Children age 14 and older can only be adopted if they personally consent to the adoption.

Sibling Requirements: Prospective adoptive parents are allowed to apply for more adoptions. If prospective adoptive parents have already adopted a sibling or if they apply for the adoption of siblings at the same time, this is considered preferential criteria for the adoption.

Waiting Period: Up to three years.

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