Hague Explanation and Requirements

The Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption is an international agreement between participating countries on best adoption procedures. Adopt International has been accredited since the Hague was implemented in the US in 2008.

These procedures have basically two goals in mind:

  • The best interest of children is considered with each inter-country adoption.
  • The prevention of abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children.

There are over 70 countries that have joined the Convention. The immigration adoption process and the Home Study requirements for these countries are very different from the rest of the countries. Therefore, it is imperative for you to

  • 1. Know if you are adopting from a Hague country
  • 2. Have a thorough understanding of the Hague Convention
  • 3. Meet additional Hague requirements.

There are Additional Home Study Requirements for an adoption from a Hague Country

New Immigration Process

All Hague cases initiated after April 1st, 2008 (or any case with an expired I171h) need a new immigration form, the I800A. This form is specific to Hague countries and it is processed by the National Benefit Center in Chicago. A form I800A can only be filed with NBC with a completed Hague compliant Home Study.

U.S.C.I.S. 1600A Application

U.S.C.I.S. 1800A Application

Our International Adoption Specialists will be happy to answer any questions or concerns. Please contact our office at 415.934.0300 or at adopt@adoptinter.org if you need help.

adopt International staff celebrating our 2012 Hague Re-Accreditation

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