Each year thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from abroad and many families in other countries adopt U.S. children. Intercountry adoption is governed by both the laws of the country in which the child lives and the country in which the adoptive parents live. Under U.S. law, there are two distinct intercountry adoption processes: the Hague Convention process and the non-Hague Convention process. Which process you will follow will depend on whether or not the other country involved is also a party to the Hague Convention. 

Intercountry adoption is similar to domestic adoption. Both consist of the legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parent(s) or other guardian to a new parent or parents.

For a list of Hague Convention Countries click here: 


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The Vreeland Family

The Vreeland Family

“The road through foster care and adoption is never an easy one, but the love & joy that our family has found is unspeakable! Our five biological kids have risen to the challenge and have come to know love in a deeper, more meaningful way. Having been a foster family, an adoptive family and now adopting internationally, we can truly say that it has been our privilege to make these children a part of our family forever. We have been blessed far more than we could have ever imagined!”
— Abe and Peggy Vreeland, from Southern Maine

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New Hampshire