Thursday, November 22, 2018
The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption is an international treaty that facilitates intercountry adoptions. The United States signed the Convention in 1994, and the Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008. Click here to read the full text of the Convention.
The Convention applies to all adoptions by U.S. citizens habitually resident in the United States of children habitually resident in any country outside of the United States that is a party to the Convention (Click here for a list of countries that are parties to the Hague Adoption Convention). Adopting a child from a Convention country is similar in many ways to adopting a child from a country not party to the Convention, but there are some key differences. Click here to read more about the Hague Child Adoption Convention.