Hague Convention Compliance Determinations
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has rightly encouraged all countries to become partners in the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. The Convention, when properly implemented, can provide much needed protections for children, families of birth and adoptive families. However encouragement without support simply isn’t enough.
Over the past 5 years 13 countries have joined the Convention yet 6 of them have been deemed as non-compliant by the U.S. government. And not one child has found a home through intercountry adoption in any of the 13.
DOS’s policies and procedures for determining a country’s compliance with The Hague Convention has long troubled our community. Today Joint Council along with 8 other child advocacy organizations brought our concerns to Secretary Kerry via a joint letter detailing our assessment and recommendations for corrective action.
We hope that bringing this issue to Secretary Kerry will result in prompt action and give children in need another way to have the safe permanent family they need and deserve.
President & CEO