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 Brochure: "25 Years of Protecting Children in Intercountry Adoption" 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
Central and other Authorities
Contracting States (status table)
    States which 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

Questionnaires and responses

Habitual Residence and Scope of the 1993 Hague Convention

Financial Aspects of Intercountry Adoption

Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption

Recognition of domestic adoptions in other States

The Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Programme

Workshops & Seminars

Annual adoption statistics  
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