Monday, December 11, 2006

More on the Hague Convention

Stiffer rules should make international adoption process safer
International adoptions could get more complicated.

An international adoption agreement known as The Hague Convention will go into effect in the United States sometime next year, strengthening the rules that govern international adoptions.

It requires training for prospective parents, insurance for and forthrightness from adoption agencies, and proof that children are truly eligible to be adopted.

"The Hague Convention is the gold standard for adoption," said Marshall Williams, vice president of international adoptions and family services at Fort Worth's Gladney Center for Adoption. "It outlaws child buying and sets certain standards for adoption agencies and certain education standards families must complete.

"This is a good thing for families," he said. "And in the long run, it's the right thing to do."


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