China: China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

09/16/2005


China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

The People’s Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China will enter into force and become a “Hague Country” on January 1, 2006. China is the 67th State to join this global Convention.

I’m an agency – what does this mean for me?

It is not anticipated that adoptions from China will be impacted at this time. If your agency is planning on continuing to work in China once the United States has ratified the Hague Convention (estimated to occur in 2007-2008) then you will need to be accredited under the Hague regulations. Accreditation has not begun yet, but is expected to commence some time during 2006. As you begin to prepare for Hague Accreditation, you may be interested in our Hague Survival Guide for agencies, a benefit free to members of Joint Council. Please visit our Hague page for more information or feel free to contact our office at (703) 535-8045.

I’m in the process/ thinking about adopting from China – does this effect me?

It is not anticipated that adoptions from China will be impacted at this time. According to the Department of State, China has indicated that they plan to continue working with the United States once they officially enter into force under the Treaty. China is aware that the United States is planning to ratify the Hague Convention in the near future.

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