January 2, 2007
The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) has the force of law in the United States and the Republic of Georgia. This has been confirmed by the Depository of the Hague Convention.
A domestic law in Georgia permitted lawyers to arrange private adoptions, however these lawyers are not licensed or accredited under the Hague Convention to arrange intercountry adoptions. These privately arranged adoptions contravene the Hague Convention. There have been reports of irregularities with these privately arranged adoptions.
At this time, it is believed that the Government of Georgia is not able to comply with the Hague Convention.
Notably, new legislation has been signed by the President of Georgia which effectively terminates private adoptions by foreigners. However, the Ministry of Education in Georgia will be making a legislative proposal to improve the existing adoption legislation, which would include the implementation of the Hague Convention.