The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) governs adoptions between the United States and approximately 97 other nations.
The protections extended under the Hague Adoption Convention to children and families are not necessarily available when adopting from countries outside the scope of the Convention.
The adoption of a foreign-born child does not automatically guarantee the child's eligibility to immigrate to the United States. It is imperative that all adoptive parents are aware of U.S. immigration law and legal regulatory procedures. For more information about immigration to the U.S., please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for more information.
The Hague Adoption Convention generally forbids prospective adoptive parents from having any contact with the child's birth parents, and/or the child's legal guardians before the country of birth determines the child is adoptable according to Convention principles and refers the child for adoption to a family.
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