Fifth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Adoption Convention

From 4 to 8 July 2022, the Fifth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Adoption Convention was held online. The meeting was attended by nearly 400 participants, representing HCCH Members, non-Member States, and Observers from intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organisations, as well as by members of the Permanent Bureau. Over the course of five...

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Information Note - Children deprived of their family environment due to the armed conflict in Ukraine

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH, noting the situation currently unfolding in Ukraine, has published today an Information Note on the subject of Children deprived of their family environment due to the armed conflict in Ukraine: Cross-border protection and intercountry adoption. In an international armed conflict, many children become separated from their families, losing the critical protection...

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Meeting of the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption

On 8 November 2021, the HCCH Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 43 participants representing 22 States, four Observers, and members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group has been working on developing a Toolkit aimed at preventing and addressing illicit practices in intercountry...

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Meeting of the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption

From 28 to 30 September 2021, the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 57 participants representing 25 States, four Observers, and members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group has been working on developing a Toolkit aimed at preventing and addressing illicit practices in intercountry...

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Adoption Convention enters into force for Niger

Today, 1 September 2021, the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention) entered into force for the Republic of the Niger, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 May 2021. The Adoption Convention has 104 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Adoption...

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Niger accedes to the Adoption Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on Monday 24 May 2021, the Republic of the Niger deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention). With the accession of Niger, the Adoption Convention now has 104 Contracting Parties. It will enter into force for Niger on 1...

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Adoption Convention enters into force for Saint Kitts and Nevis

Today, 1 February 2021, the HCCH Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention) entered into force for Saint Kitts and Nevis, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 26 October 2020. The Adoption Convention has 103 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Adoption...

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Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador visits the Permanent Bureau

Today, 12 November 2020, Secretary General Dr Christophe Bernasconi had the honour of welcoming H.E. Ms María Alejandra Muñoz Seminario, Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador, to the Permanent Bureau to celebrate the official release of the Handbook on National and Intercountry Adoption Management Procedures (Manual de procesos de gestion de las adopciones nacionales e...

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Saint Kitts and Nevis accedes to the Adoption Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 26 October 2020, Saint Kitts and Nevis deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention). With the accession of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Adoption Convention now has 103 Contracting Parties. It will enter into force for...

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Meeting of the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption

From 8 to 10 July 2020, the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 58 participants, representing 24 States, including both States of origin and receiving States, and four international organisations, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH.  The mandate of the Group is to...

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