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Each year the United States welcomes more children into homes through intercountry adoption than any other nation in the world. Over the last decade, Americas have adopted nearly 200,000 children from abroad. This could not have been possible without the dedication of so many adoption service providers to finding loving homes for children.
Throughout our site, you will find varied informaiton that touches upon many different aspects of the intercountry adoption process. As the U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention, consider us your first stop for questions about the Convention, accrediation, and its impact on the adoption process.
- Find out who we are. What is the role of the Office of Children's Issues in the intercountry adoption process?
- Learn about the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and what it means for adoption service providers
- Read our information about the Hague Adoption Convention. Learn about becoming accredited, approved, or temporarily accredited to provide adoption services for Convention cases. Who is accredited? Also, Find out how to renew your accreditation, and keep up-to-date on the list of Convention countries.
- Enter information into the Adoption Tracking Service.
- Compare the Hague adoption process from the non-Hague process. What's the difference?
- Obtain the latest Adoption Notices & Alerts about new, important developments.
- Stay on top of the laws and regulations that impact intercountry adoption. What does your organization need to know?
- Refer prospective adoptive parents to our About Adoption section. This section provides prospective adoptive parents with a general overview of the eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents and the intercountry adoption process in general.
- Research intercountry adoption statistics.
We appreciate the commitment that you have to assisting children and prospective adoptive parents. We are here to help.
Information on Agency Accreditation and Approval
- The Accreditation Process
- Renewing Accreditation
- Guidance on Supervising Foreign Providers
- Adoption Tracking Service
- Hague Accreditation Technical Guidance
- 22 CFR 96.47(c)(1) - Review of Home Studies - performed in accordance with State law 07/30/09
- FAQ - Guidance on Whether a Primary Provider is Needed in Every Convention Case
- FAQ - Primary Providers
- Intercountry Adoption From A-Z
- FAQ - Conducting Home Studies for American Citizens Residing Abroad in Incoming/Immigrating Convention Cases
- FAQ - Clarification Regarding Primary Provider Rules for Incoming Adoptions
- Hague Accreditation Technical Guidance (PDF)
- Centers for Disease Control International Adoption Health Information
- U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Children's Issues
- U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Child Welfare information Gateway
- Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI)
Other Helpful Links
- Adoptive Families Magazine
- Adoptive Parents Committee
- American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)
- Child Welfare League of America
- The Center for Adoption Support and Education
- Dave Thomas Foundation
- Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
- International Social Services
- Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS)
- National Adoption Center
- National Council for Adoption (NCFA)
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.