Foreign Adoptions

Placing a Foreign Adoption on file in New Jersey

For a child born and adopted in a foreign country and readopted in the United States

At least one of the parents must be  a U.S. citizen, and a New Jersey resident at the time of the adoption or at the time the adoption is placed on file with the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, and;

All of the following must be provided:

  • A No Record of Birth statement from the state where the adoption occurred. (Not required if the child is adopted in New Jersey.)
  • A completed Report of Adoption form (REG-44) **
  • A certified copy of the original foreign adoption decree and a certified English translation. **
  • A certified copy of the original foreign birth certificate and a certified English translation. **
  • A check or money order for $2 payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey to process the adoption. A certified copy of the certificate can be ordered for $25 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy of the same certificate.
  • Proof of New Jersey residency.
    Examples of proof of residency are:
        A voter registration card
        Driver license
        U.S. Federal Census Report of the parents
        Current utility bill - telephone, cable, gas, or electric
  • Proof of the child’s immigration status by providing a copy of one of the following:
        Child’s green card
        Child’s foreign passport showing the I-551 stamp
        Child’s U.S. citizenship document

** These documents will be retained by the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry to be placed under seal.

Mail the above information to:

New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registry
Attn: - Foreign Adoption Processing
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625

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For a child born and adopted in a foreign country

At least one of the parents must be a U.S. citizen, and a New Jersey resident at the time of the adoption or at the time the adoption is placed on file with the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, and;

All of the following must be provided:

  • A completed Report of Adoption form (REG-44)
  • A certified copy of the original foreign adoption decree and a certified English translation. ***
  • A certified copy of the original foreign birth certificate and a certified English translation. ***
  • A check or money order for $2 payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey to process the adoption. A certified copy of the certificate can be ordered for $25 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy of the same certificate.
  • Proof of New Jersey residency by providing a copy of one of the following:
    Examples of proof of residency are:
        A voter registration card
        Driver license
        U.S. Federal Census Report of the parents
        Current utility bill - telephone, cable, gas, or electric
  • Proof of the child’s immigration status by providing a copy of one of the following:
        Child’s green card
        Child’s foreign passport showing the I-551 stamp
        Child’s U.S. citizenship document

***All documents will be returned to the applicant once processed.

Mail the above information to:

New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registry
Attn: - Foreign Adoption Processing
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625

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Last Reviewed: 7/19/2017