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Mr. Hammond served in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he received 9 medals including a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He has been practicing law since 1996 with an exclusive focus on military law, criminal law, and family law.

Georgia International Adoption Attorney

The law offices of Shawn P. Hammond has helped many families seeking to adopt internationally. As with all other adoptions, international adoptions require that families work with an attorney who has an understanding of state and federal laws. The Augusta Adoption law firm of Shawn P. Hammond accommodates each individual client. They understand the seriousness of the decision to adopt internationally and will use their best efforts to ensure that the process is handled smoothly.

There are a number of important steps in international adoptions, which require specific paperwork and attention and dedication from the lawyer. International adoptions require compliance with state law, United States immigration law and the laws of the foreign country. Since an important goal is to ensure that an adopted child obtains United States citizenship status, it is essential that families work with an agency and attorney experienced in this area. If an adoption is finalized in the country of birth, families can domesticate the adoption, or "re-adopt" the child, when they return home to the United States. This step will permit the child and adoptive family to obtain a Georgia adoption decree and a birth certificate from the Georgia Vital Records office (called Proof of Foreign Birth). In some instances, this is a required step to obtain citizenship, even if the adoption has been finalized in the country of birth. If the adoption has not been finalized in the other country, the family will need to satisfy more stringent requirements of the Georgia adoption code. Once the adoption is finalized in the Georgia court, the family will be able to obtain a Georgia adoption decree or certificate and a birth certificate from the Georgia Vital Records office.

The Augusta Adoption law firm of Shawn P. Hammond understands the emotions involved in adopting a child, especially a child born in another country. No matter where a family is in the process, they are sensitive to all concerns and will discuss the adoption process in open, clear and honest terms.

There is also the strict importance of working with ethical international agencies and experienced home study agencies in the international adoption process. The Augusta Adoption law firm of Shawn P. Hammond is committed to only working with excellent international adoption agencies that focus on the parents' and children's best interests. They will also assist families to obtain home study services from an experienced adoption agency that understands the legal requirements. They will also work with clients to find the best match for their family.

Contact the Augusta Adoption law firm of Shawn P. Hammond to explore international adoptions and to obtain information about how to move through the international adoption process smoothly and efficiently.