Dear expatriate families,
Congratulations on beginning your adoption journey! We know that the Lord has a plan and calling for your family, and we hope you will allow us to be a part of it. Adopting while living overseas is possible, and our goal in serving your family would be not only to navigate the paperwork process, but to build a relationship with you and encourage you as well! Lifeline has experience working with expats all over the world. Our team works to tailor the process to your family and specifically for the country in which you reside.
If your country of residence allows an American social worker to come to your home to complete the home study process, Lifeline will send a social worker to your country to complete this first step. We also can provide a social worker to complete post-adoption visits as well. We employ a caseworker residing in China who is able to travel to conduct home studies and post adoption visits all over Asia. For families residing outside of Asia, we will work with you to find the best plan for your family on a case-by-case basis.
On this page, you can find more information about the fee structure for expat families, the citizenship process for your child (the N600K form), additional documents for expats, and testimonials from other expat families whom we have served in the past.
The N600K is an application for U.S. citizenship (acquisition) and issuance of a Certificate of Citizenship for a child who regularly resides outside of the United States. This is the only significant step in the adoption process that is required for expats but not for adopting parents residing in the U.S. Families living abroad typically do not meet the U.S. residency requirements, even though you are a U.S. citizen. Expats must file this form and then travel to the U.S. in order to complete the citizenship process for your child. The only exceptions to this form are families who are residing in another country on official U.S. government orders (military, e.g.).
Find out more information about the N600K form here or by checking out the FAQ page below: https://www.uscis.gov/n-600k
Please contact us if you have more specific questions. We look forward to assisting you on this journey!
China Team Expat Social Worker
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The Lowe Family
Working with Lifeline we never felt like we were trying to figure things out on our own. They were always there to answer questions and support us. Lifeline was there to assist at each step.
The Godin Family
Our son came home during Thanksgiving week of 2014. He is a blessing and a joy to our family. We are eternally grateful for Lifeline's expertise in expat adoptions and for their help in bringing our son home.
The Doblin Family
My wife and I whole-heartedly recommend Lifeline Children’s Services to any individual or family who is looking to begin the adoption process. Many thanks, again, to Lifeline for helping to bring our son Elisha to his forever family.
The Dobelstein Family
Lifeline’s post adoption team walked with us through every moment. There were several days when a conversation with our post adoption caseworker was what helped us stay encouraged and press on in helping our daughter rather than breaking under emotional stress.