The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international agreement to establish safeguards to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of the child. The Convention entered into force for the United States in April 2008.
Hague Convention Countries tend to be more stable and predictable in processing adoptions and are less likely to be reactionary and make quick decisions that negatively impact the adoption process. Countries who have signed the Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoptions must have additional safeguards by which they operate to ensure adoptions are both ethical and in the best interests of the children. Furthermore, Hague Convention Countries are more likely than non-Hague Convention Countries to have a process and procedure in place in the event the country elects to make any changes to its adoption process.