Foreign Affairs: Agencies Have Improved the Intercountry Adoption Process, but Further Enhancements Are Needed: Report to the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate.
United States Government Accountability Office.
Report to Congress
ii, 61 p.
Published: October 2005
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U.S. intercountry adoptions nearly tripled from more than 8,000 to more than 22,000 between fiscal years 1994 and 2004. While the Department of State (State) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manage the process, factors ranging from corruption to inadequate legal frameworks in foreign countries could lead to abuses such as the abduction of children. GAO (1) describes the U.S. intercountry adoption process, (2) assesses the U.S. government's efforts to manage the intercountry adoption process, (3) assesses U.S. efforts to strengthen safeguards and mitigate against the potential for fraudulent adoptions, and (4) describes the Hague Convention (Convention) and the statuses of U.S. and top sending countries' implementation of the Convention. (Author abstract)
intercountry adoption; adoption process; adoption fraud; hague convention