Understanding the Hague Convention

Many couples, whether out of inability to have children of their own or a desire to help children looking for a home, opt to adopt a child instead of conceiving one, Many of these couples have to make a decision on whether to choose to adopt a child from their country of origin or venture outside their country to add a new bundle of joy to their family.

Something interesting in the world of international adoption is the Hague Convention, an international agreement between the United States and several other countries that regulates the inter-country adoption process to ensure that it always keeps the child in mind.

I don’t know about you, but the Hague Convention was never covered in any of my history classes. After initially learning about it, I decided to research more about the Hague Convention for myself. You can check out what I found below.

What is the Hague Convention?

The full name of the Hague Convention is the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Convention met in The Hague in the Netherlands, concluding on May 29th, 1993.

The Convention stipulated certain rules and regulations to be applied between adoptions between Convention countries. It applies to all United States citizens attempting to adopt from another member country. For example, if a United States citizen was attempting to adopt a child from Chile, the rules would apply because Chile is another country who agreed to the rules at the Convention.

What Rules Were Created?

As stated above, the Convention outlined various rules to be followed during adoption between Hague and non-Hague countries. Such rules include the creation of a Central Authority to maintain the safety of the adoption process and the requirement of accreditation for adoption service providers to work on Hague adoption cases.

Of course, it is not required for a United States couple to adopt from a Hague country. Many couples adopt successfully from non-Hague countries, but those who adopt from Hague countries may be eligible for certain legal protections. If you are considering adopting a child and have questions about the process and the Hague Convention, you should for sure reach out to an attorney well versed in the adoption process.

What an Attorney Can Help You With

You may be asking yourself what exactly an attorney could help you with if you choose to adopt abroad. As previously mentioned, an attorney like those at BB Law Group, PLLC can help you understand the rules relating to the Hague Convention and how they may potentially impact your adoption case.

Additionally, an attorney can help you with filling our important paperwork related to your adoption. Adoption, like many other legal processes, requires a ton of paperwork that must be filled out properly in order for your application to go through. Sometimes it can be a very bureaucratic process, and speaking with an attorney can help you make sure that all forms are filled out so that you do not have to deal with any delays or hiccups.