COA to Attend Upcoming Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention

COA’s Director of Hague Accreditation, Jayne Schmidt, will be travelling to the Hague as a representative on the US government’s delegation at the upcoming Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention.  The Special Commission is a multilateral forum for government officials from across the globe  convened every 5 years to exchange views on ways the Convention is working, challenges in intercountry adoption and ways to improve international cooperation.  

This year, the discussions will focus on:

  • The trends of intercountry adoption in the past 20 years
  • Achievements and challenges regarding the principle of subsidiarity (seeking domestic placements before international placements)
  • Finding ways for the intercountry adoption process to run smoothly and efficiently to eliminate delays contrary to the best interests of the child, 
  • Children with special needs
  • Post-adoption issues, including post-adoption support, disruptions and dissolutions, and searches for origins
  • Habitual residence, and specifically a discussion on adoptions that were completed as domestic adoptions but that should be covered by the Convention
  • Discussions of relative adoptions, open adoption, and kafala

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