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RULES OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE -- PROBATE DIVISION 

Rule 91. ADOPTION OF FOREIGN-BORN CHILD.


   A. Unless the Court orders otherwise, for purposes of RSA 170-B:7, VI, any one of the following documents, which indicate that the child is a foreign adoptee (IR-3 status) or the subject of a foreign guardianship awarded for the purpose of the child's adoption in the United States (IR-4 status), will be accepted by the Court as evidence that the parental rights of the parents of the proposed adoptee have been voluntarily or involuntarily terminated by the proper authorities in a foreign country:

        1. An attested or certified copy of the adoptee's Certificate of Citizenship issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

        2. An attested or certified copy of the proposed adoptee's alien registration card indicating either IR-3 or IR-4 status.

        3. An attested or certified copy of the proposed adoptee's passport issued in his/her country of birth, with the U.S. Visa stamp affixed indicating either IR-3 or IR-4 status.

    B. Unless the Court orders otherwise, for purposes of RSA 170-B:27, II, any of the documents specified in section A above, except those bearing an IR-4 status, are acceptable documentation and satisfactory evidence to establish the validity of a foreign adoption.

    C.
The attestation or certification of the copies deemed acceptable under the preceding sections shall be by a notary public commissioned under the laws of the jurisdiction where the act occurs and shall be substantially in the following form:

        "A true copy attest

                                ____________________________________________
                                Notary Public
                                My Commission Expires:_____________________
                                Affix Notarial Seal Here"

or, alternatively,

   
"I hereby certify that I have personally examined and compared this copy against the original instrument and find this copy to be a true copy of the original in every respect save this certification.


                                ___________________________________________
                                Notary Public
                                My Commission Expires:________________________
                                Affix Notarial Seal Here"

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