On 7 September 2016, the United States of America deposited its Instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and will thus become the 33rd State to which this Convention will apply. The United States of America was the first State to sign the Convention on the day of its adoption on 23 November 2007. The Convention will enter into force for the United States of America on 1 January 2017. The United States of America, Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law since 15 October 1964, is now a Contracting State to six Conventions of the Hague Conference.
At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Embassy of the United States of America was represented by Ms Sharla Draemel, Legal Counselor. Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi and First Secretary Philippe Lortie represented the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference. Ms Coos ‘t Hoen, Head of the Treaties Division, and Mr Mark Groen, Senior Legal Officer, attended the ceremony on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.