The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) was concluded on May 29, 1993 and entered into force on May 1, 1995. The U.S. joined the Convention and thus has abided by the Convention since April 2008. The Convention sets forth safeguards to ensure that intercountry adoptions from Convention countries will proceed in away that protects the interests of the child.
As of January 2011, the Convention was ratified by 85 countries. Please check here for the full list of Hague Convention countries.
A Central Authority is an agency or organization that is designated to facilitate, oversee, and regulate Hague Adoption Convention cases. The U.S. Department of State has been designated as the United States Central Authority.
Adoption Service Providers are agencies who have been accredited by either the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Colorado Department of Human Services (CO) to provide adoption services in the United States for cases subject to the regulations set forth by the Hague Adoption Convention. An accredited agency does not include a temporarily accredited agency. There are more than 200 accredited adoption service providers in the U.S.
They mainly provide the services listed below:
An approved home study is a comprehensive review of the home environment of the child's prospective adoptive parents that has been: (1) Completed by an accredited adoption service provider; (2) Approved by an accredited adoption service provider. One of the most critical elements of the intercountry adoption process is the approved home study.
It may include:
For more detailed information about immigration Process for Adopting a child from a Hague Convention Country, please visit on one of the following relevant links: