International adoptions have dramatically decreased in recent years for many different reasons. One of them is that they are highly regulated by the governments of the different countries, especially the United States. There is not really a process for privately adopting a child from another country. Nearly all international adoptions are finalized in the other country before the child is brought home to the United States. Therefore, international adoptions do not typically go through the Utah courts like other types of adoption.
In Utah, there is a law that allows an international adoption finalized in the other country to be “registered” in Utah through a court process. It is not required by Utah law to register foreign adoptions. It is simply a process available if it may be needed for certain circumstances. Sometimes the adopting couple wants a Utah birth certificate generated for their foreign adoptee. Derek can usually assist with registering your foreign adoption in Utah.