Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Federal And State Adoption Laws Conflict In Immigration Case

From USA Today:

Time and legal options are running out for a Kansas couple desperately trying to keep their adopted daughter from being deported back to South Korea on a legal technicality involving adoption and immigration law.

Hyebin Schreiber was brought to the U.S. by her would-be adoptive parents in 2012 when she was 15. In Kansas, the cutoff date to complete legal adoption is 18. Hyebin was 17 when the adoption became final in December 2014.

The family didn't realize, however, that under federal rules she had to be adopted by the age of 16 to be granted citizenship. The  family's delay was understandable – Hyebin's dad, Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber, spent much of 2013 and 2014 serving in Afghanistan. 

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