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Adoption Law

Intercountry Adoption

For prospective U.S. parents adopting children from other countries, intercountry adoptions are governed by the laws of the United States as well as the laws of the country where the child resides.  The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption is an international agreement which may also impact adoptions between member countries.

U.S. Department of State

Bureau of Consular Affairs - U.S. Department of State - Provides extensive resources explaining intercountry adoptions and the Hague Convention.

Foreign Law

Foreign and International Law Sources


  • Foreign & International Law Resources Database, includes both primary and secondary sources, such as the publications of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), International Tribunal/Judicial Decisions and Hague Permanent Court of International Justice.


Other Databases:

Hague Convention

Sources of Information on the Hague

Mongraphs & Treatises