DOS Proposes New Regulations Regarding Intercountry Adoptions

The Department of State has proposed to implement new regulations regarding intercountry adoptions. In a recent notice, the DOS is requesting comments on utilization of the certification and declaration provisions of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 for all intercountry adoption and custody proceedings that take place in the U.S. for immigrations and emigrations of children. According to DOS, a process for seeking certification that adoptions done in the U.S. in accordance with the Convention will also be established.

To view the full text of the Hague Convention, please click here.

The USCIS also has detailed information about the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000.

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