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The Continued Need for Inter-country Adoption
Children's Home believes that every child has a fundamental right to security, opportunity, permanency and a loving family. In an ideal world, all children would be fortunate enough to enjoy these basic rights in their communities, with their birth parents. In that ideal world, inter-country adoption would not be needed. In reality, there are more than 140 million orphaned and abandoned children.
Children's Home's first priority is to strengthen families. In every country where Children's Home has an adoption program, the agency is committed to creating and sustaining a range of education, health, nutrition and socio-economic development programs to help parents and extended families care for their children.
When birth families cannot stay intact and where children cannot have their needs met by relatives, Children's Home believes children should first be placed with a family in their own country and culture. When this is not possible, Children's Home believes that inter-country adoption is a strong option for most children.
Ensuring the Integrity of the Adoption Process in Developing Countries
Media reports about illegal and unethical adoption practices underscore the challenges all agencies face when they work in developing countries. Children's Home supports standards that, in concert with government regulations, help ensure inter-country adoptions are ethical, safe and in support of a child’s best interest.
The Hague, officially known as The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption, is a multi-national treaty signed by over 65 countries – including the U.S. The goals of The Hague Convention are to protect the children, birth parents and adoptive parents involved in inter-country adoption and to prevent child trafficking and other abuses. Children's Home is accredited under the U.S. Inter-country Adoption Act (IAA) in accord with The Hague Adoption Convention.
Children's Home believes that all organizations involved in international child welfare, including adoption, should adhere to the highest level of standards and ethical practices. Because we are so passionate about the welfare of children around the world, we have sought and been granted accreditation by and membership to highly respected organizations throughout the nation.
In addition to the accreditation required under the U.S. Inter-country Adoption Act (IAA) in accord with The Hague Adoption Convention, we are also accredited by the Child Welfare League of America and the Alliance for Children and Families. Children's Home is also a founding and active member of the Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS).
Programs with Non-Hague Countries
Children's Home constantly evolves and improves best practices to better serve children. Korea is an example of a country that is not a signatory to the Hague Treaty that has an active Children's Home international adoption program. In these instances, Children's Home works hard to help ensure the integrity of the adoption process for birth parents, every child, prospective adoptive parents, and the agency.
Each country has differing governance, laws and cultural preferences, so accordingly Children's Home guidelines differ from county to country. In our non-Hague programs, we rely on US and local government enforcement and participation of country specific laws. In addition, we have best practices for each country program.
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