This section provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process. The process varies greatly, as it is governed by the laws of the countries where the adoptive parents and the child reside (which in the case of the United States means both federal and state law), and also in which of these locations the legal adoption is finalized. Additionally, if the child’s home country is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, the Hague processes of both countries must be followed. Prospective adoptive parents should consider all of these factors when evaluating what to expect.

Adoption is not common in Malaysia and can take from six months to two years or more to complete.  The Malaysian states may have different adoption procedures.  There are also restrictions on the adoption of Muslim children.  See here for further information.

Information on intercountry adoptions in general can be found at