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intercounrty-adoption-Illinois.jpgIf you are interested in adopting a child from outside of the United States, it is important for you to be aware of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention). The Hague Convention made some significant changes to the requirements in international adoptions. While these changes increased the protections for those involved in adoptions, it also increased the time international adoptions take to complete. The following examines the requirements placed on adoption service providers under the Hague Convention.

Hague Adoption Convention

The Hague Convention is an international agreement intended to establish safeguards to ensure that intercountry adoptions occur in the best interest of the child being adopted and to prevent the abduction, sale, or trafficking of children. In the U.S., the Hague Convention became effective in 2008. The Hague Convention is applicable to all adoptions between the U.S. and other countries that have also adopted the Hague Convention. Most of the countries that individuals from the U.S. adopt children from are Hague Convention countries. A full list of the member nations of the Hague Convention can be found online.

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Illinois family law attorney, forms of adoptionIf you are interested in adopting a child, it is important to know that there are several types of adoptions available. Understanding the different adoption alternatives can help prospective adoptive parents determine which form is best for them.

Domestic Adoptions

Often, prospective parents wish to adopt an infant. In fact, there are currently more people who wish to adopt an infant than there are infants available for adoption. Frequently, the adoption of an infant is accomplished independently. An independent adoption occurs through the use of an intermediary, such as an attorney, physician, or other facilitator. In independent adoptions, the transfer of a child occurs directly between the biological and adoptive parents.

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international adoption, Illinois family law attorneysAdopting a child from another country is more complex than a domestic adoption. These type of adoptions can be expensive and can take longer to complete. However, this does not make adopting a child from another country impossible. Rather, it just means that there are additional issues of which prospective adoptive parents should be aware.

Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) was designed to provide safety for the children and parents involved in adoptions. The specific objectives are to establish:

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