(1)The Department’s responsibilities in cases that are subject to the requirements of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, 42 USC 14901 to 14954 (IAA). The Convention and IAA apply to any case where a child who is a habitual resident of one Convention country has been, is being, or will be moved to another Convention country for the purpose of adoption. The Convention and IAA are intended to protect the rights of and prevent abuses against children, birth families, and adoptive parents involved in any adoption that is subject to the Convention and IAA and to ensure that such adoptions are in the best interests of the child.
(2)The duty of the Department to enter into a formal agreement with the foreign authorized entity of the receiving Convention country for an outgoing Convention adoption to assure that the prospective adoptive parents are suitable and willing to adopt the child, support child safety, and assure the provision of needed services during the period of post-placement supervision prior to finalization of the adoption.
Rule 413-120-0900 — Purpose,