1. a. A decree establishing a parent-child relationship by adoption which is issued pursuant to due process of law by a juvenile court or court of any other jurisdiction in the United States shall be recognized in this state.
b. A decree terminating a parent-child relationship which is issued pursuant to due process of law by a juvenile court or court of any other jurisdiction in the United States shall be recognized in this state.
c. Documentation demonstrating that a child has been legally released or approved for adoption by the child's country of origin shall be accepted as evidence that termination of parental rights has been completed in that country and shall be recognized in this state.
2. If an adoption has occurred in the minor person's country of origin, a further adoption must occur in the state where the adopting parents reside in accordance with the adoption laws of that state.
3. A licensed child-placing agency as defined in section 238.2, a person making an independent placement as defined in section 600A.2, or an investigator may provide necessary assistance to an eligible citizen of Iowa who desires to, in accordance with the immigration laws of the United States, make an international adoption.
[C77, 79, 81, § 600.15]
87 Acts, ch 140, §1-3; 98 Acts, ch 1064, §2; 99 Acts, ch 138, §4; 2000 Acts, ch 1145, §18; 2001 Acts, ch 24, §67, 74
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