Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hague Treaty has impact on international adoption

Dillon International, headquartered in Tulsa, is temporarily not accepting applications for the Guatemala adoption program to prepare for the effects of the Hague Treaty.

There are a lot of things going on in the world that seem to be putting a stall on international adoption, at least with Dillon. The agency does this to protect prospective parents from a letdown.

Here are a few short answers:
  • Applications will be accepted from Haiti when the political problems are resolved.
  • Applications will be accepted from Korea when Dillon is in need of families for healthy infants. All agencies in Korea and the US face this same dilemma. Right now, the agency needs special-needs children from Korea.
  • Applications from Guatemala will be sent after the agency prepares for the effects that the Hague Treaty may have on the future of Guatemala adoption

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to Dillon International:

1 comment:

Michelle said...

okay, so here's some background on the Hague Treaty:


On October 6, 2000 President Clinton signed into law the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, the US implementation of the Hague Convention on International Adoption.

The Hague Convention is multilateral treaty that includes 66 prospective member countries. The Convention serves to set internationally agreed upon norms and procedures for countries who participate in intercountry adoption. The goal of the Convention is to protect the children, birth parents and adoptive parents involved in intercountry adoptions and to prevent child-trafficking and other abuses.

The United States has signed the Hague Convention but has not yet ratified. Ratification will occur when the instruments of ratification are deposited at the Hague. At that time, the U.S. Department of State will become the Central Authority for the United States.

JCICS has supported the Hague Convention on International Adoption since its drafting in 1994 and, along with other major adoption organizations, has been active in guiding formulation of an effective implementation plan in the US.