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Is fingerprinting the prospective parents usually part of the adoption process?

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2015-07-16 18:08:35
2015-07-16 18:08:35
FingerprintingFingerprinting is necessary and must be done at an INS office when adopting a child from outside the United States.

It is just another part of the background checks necessary. The purpose is to make sure you are who you say you are. The FBI will most likely run your prints through their databases to be sure you aren't a sex offender or other criminal who has managed to create a new identity.

It's for the safety and well being of the child, and for your own protection as well.

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  • We are adopting a baby girl from China, and we traveled to the Kansas City INS Office.

You can send your paper work if you wish, but you will still have to travel there for your fingerprints. You can not have them made by anyone other than INS.

If you have all of your paperwork in order, you can submit it and have the fingerprints made in the same day (assuming you write the check, of course). Make sure that you check the INS website for the requirements before you go. Triple check your paperwork, or else you will be making another trip if there is something missing.

Our home study agency left off their state certificate, and we almost had to make another trip (an 8 hour round trip and another day off for both of us). Fortunately, God was with us, and I was able to convince the clerk that a faxes copy with their signature would be just as true to the original as a photocopy. However, they would not accept the fax on their machine(even though it was only 10 feet away on the other side of the counter). Fortunately for us, our adoption agency was 20 miles away and accepted the fax for us. Within minutes of giving them the certificate, we were fingerprinted and on our way.

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