These are memoranda which have been issued by USCIS (and INS prior to the creation of USCIS) on this topic. You will need the free Adobe Reader software to view these files.
Addressing Upcoming Expiration of Status for Certain Chinese and Guatemalan "Grandfathered" Orphan Adoption Cases (70KB PDF)10/02/2012
Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes; Updates to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 21.4, 21.5, 21.6, 21.10 and 71.1; AFM Update AD12-10 (355KB PDF)07/18/2012
Nepal Initiative - Filing Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, to Adopt a Child in Nepal; Revision to Chapter 21.5(d) of the Adjudicator¿s Field Manual (AFM), AFM Update AD10-47 (53KB PDF)04/13/2011
Implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010 (87KB PDF)01/03/2011
Nepal Initiative - Filing Form I-600,Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative,to adopt a child in Nepal (AFM Update AD10-47) ( PDF)08/27/2010
Intercountry adoption under the Hague Adoption Convention and the USCIS Hague Adoption Convention rule at 8 CFR 204, 213a and 322 (99KB PDF)Lori Scialabba, Associate Director Refugee Asylum International OperationsDon Neufeld Acting Associate Director Domestic Operations10/31/2008
Acceptance of an I-600A and I-600 after 4/1/2008 for a child habitually resident in a Hague Adoption Convention country - adoptions and grants of custody obtained before April 1, 2008 (68KB PDF)Lori Scialabba, Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum & International Operations DirectorateDonald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations07/14/2008