Readoption, otherwise known as the "procedure to establish a foreign adoption", takes about 12-24 months to complete.
A Family Tree advises all families who have adopted a child from a second country, to establish that adoption within the state in which you and your child reside. If you live in Hawai'i, you should "readopt" in local family court in Hawai'i. This process will result in the following: You will have a local adoption decree which will suffice nearly any situation in which you or your child would need to provide an adoption decree. You are also able to request as many additional copies of that certified document as may be needed in the future, allowing you to put your foreign-issued adoption document in a safe place. Once you have established your adoption in local court, you will be able to apply for a local birth certificate for your child (from the Department of Health). This is called a Certificate of Foreign Birth. It names you as the (adoptive) parents, and looks like a standard birth certificate. This birth certificate may be required in order for your child to apply for a driver's license.
To get started, request an electronic copy of the AFT Readoption Packet. We will assist you with all paperwork, will file the documents in local family court, resulting in your new adoption decree.
Fees for this service: $800 to AFT and $215 for local court fees. No application fee required.