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The Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000: The United States’ Ratification of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children, and its Meager Effect on International Adoption

Posted by on Sunday, July 1, 2012 in Notes, Vol. 40 No. 5, Volume 40, Volumes.

This Note explores the effect of the United States’ ratification of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) via passage of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA).  Through intercountry adoption, countless children have been given homes and opportunities in the U.S. that would not have been available to them in their countries of origin.  With the increased popularity of intercountry adoption, however, have come tragic consequences for many children in foreign countries, who are exploited by those involved in the adoption process.  This Note contends that the IAA, as currently written, does not sufficiently address these problems.  After examining the history of intercountry adoption, the Hague Convention, and the IAA, the Note proposes certain changes in the IAA that would help combat the problems posed by intercountry adoption and allow its beneficial aspects to continue.

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