For prospective U.S. parents adopting children from other countries, intercountry adoptions are governed by the laws of the United States as well as the laws of the country where the child resides. The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption is an international agreement which may also impact adoptions between member countries.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs - U.S. Department of State - Provides extensive resources explaining intercounty adoptions and the Hague Convention.
- The Adoption Process
- Understanding the Hague Convention
- Hague vs. Non-Hague Adoption Process
- Immigrant Visa Process - Instructions on obtaining a visa for prospective children.
- Universal Accreditation Act of 2012
- News and Publications
Foreign and International Law Sources
- Foreign & International Law Resources Database, includes both primary and secondary sources, such as the publications of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), International Tribunal/Judicial Decisions and Hague Permanent Court of International Justice.
- The Law Library of Congress: Nations Research
- U.S. Department of State - Learn About a Country
- United Nations
- U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
Mongraphs & Treatises
Geoffrey Shannon, Rosemary Horgan, Geraldine Keehan, and Clare Daly, Adoption : law and practice under the Revised European Convention on the Adoption of Children (2013)
Available at MacMillan Law Library, 4th Floor (KJC1212.A42008 S53 2013).
Ruth Cabeza, Ayeesha Bhutta, and Jason Braier, International Adoption (2012).
Available at MacMillan Law Library, 4th Floor (K704 .C33 2012).
Rowena Fong and Ruth G. McRoy (editors), Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions : Cultural Guidance for Professionals (2016).
Available at Robert W. Woodruff Library Book Stacks (HV875.5 .T73 2016).