The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) was signed and ratified by a number of countries in an effort, among other things, to reinforce the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and to protect children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad.

Hague adoptions are conducted in the best interest of the child, and with particular focus on the child’s fundamental rights. As well, as process is put in place to reduce the incidence and risk of illegal international adoptions. While new countries are joining the Hague regularly, other countries are often implementing changes to the way they proceed through the Hague.

When a country has signed, ratified, and implemented the Hague Convention, a Central Authority becomes involved in the adoption process, and a number of steps and documents are required to satisfy the requirements of the Central Authority and the Hague Convention. This means that most communication and document exchange occurs between Central Authorities (usually at the governmental level).

Countries operating within the Hague Convention usually continue to use facilitators, and CHOICES can continue to assist and guide families through the Hague process.

Additional information, as well as a list of countries that are signatory to the Hague Convention, can be found here.

Additional Information from Ministry of Children and Family Development

For important information on Procedures for Inter-Country, Hague Convention and Non-Hague Convention Adoptions, as well as Country Information & Alerts, please see the following website from the Ministry of Children and Family Development of British Columbia.