Iowans who adopt children from overseas will face fewer legal hurdles. Iowa has been the only state in the nation that requires parents who’ve obtained a legal adoption overseas to again go through all the legal hoops of an adoption here, but no more. Governor Tom Vilsack has signed a bill into law that recognizes international adoptions. Iowa parents who adopted a child overseas faced up to three thousand dollars in additional expenses to obtain a legal adoption in Iowa. There are federal rules that govern international adoptions and Iowa now joins the other 49 states that have been recognizing adoptions legalized in other countries.
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