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Introduction

The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad. This Convention, which operates through a system of national Central Authorities, reinforces the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Art. 21) and seeks to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights. It also seeks to prevent the abduction, the sale of, or traffic in children. For further information, see the Outline of the Convention or the more detailed "Information Brochure" on the Convention.

Please note that the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference has no mandate to assist in individual adoption cases. If you have a question relating to intercountry adoption and your country is a Party to the 1993 Adoption Convention, please contact the Central Authority designated by your country.
 Text of the Convention
    Translations
 Central and other Authorities
 Contracting States (status table)
    States having participated in the XVIIth Session
    (see Art. 43(1))

 Explanatory documents

Information for new Contracting States

 Recommended Model Forms

 Guides to Good Practice

 Country profiles

 Special Commissions - 2015 Special Commission: - All Special Commission meetings

 Questionnaires and responses

 Expert and Working Groups 

 The Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Programme
(ICATAP)

 Seminars

Annual adoption statistics  
 Related documents and links  
Bibliography