Intercountry Adoption Act
This act sets the standards and procedures for most international adoptions by US citizens.
Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (P. L. P. L. 106-279; 114 Stat. 825; 42 U.S.C. 14901 et seq.). The major goal of the Act was to provide for implementation by the United States of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect to Intercountry Adoption (aka The Hague Convention). By so doing the Act accepted standards and procedures for adoptions between implementing countries that prevents abuses such abduction or sale of children, ensures proper consent for the adoption, allows for the child's transfer to the receiving country, and established the adopted child's status in the receiving country. As with several other important Acts related to adoption, the average adopting person should be aware of the Act but need not be concerned about the details.
For the details of this act and for additional adoption law information, please visit Adoption Laws.
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