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Intercountry Adoption From Hague Convention and Non-Hague Convention Countries

Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2009. The process for intercountry adoptions changed in some significant ways with the U.S. ratification of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption on April 1, 2008. The rules are different for U.S. citizens who adopt a child from a nation that is party to the Hague Convention than for those who adopt from a nation that is not party to the Hague. This factsheet provides basic comparative information about the two types of intercountry adoption, as well as resources for more detailed information.


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