Outgoing Convention Adoptions from the U.S.

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008.  The Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) and its implementing regulations establish the procedures and requirements for Convention adoptions both to ("incoming") and from ("outgoing") the United States.  An outgoing Convention adoption means the adoption of a child resident in the United States by an individual or individuals residing in a Convention country when, in connection with the adoption, the child has moved or will move between the United States and the Convention country.

Last Updated: March 10, 2021