PEAR has been receiving requests from PAPs, APs and the general public as to which countries are "Convention" countries under the new US regulations. According to the DOS website, "[a] Convention country means a country that is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention and with which the Convention is in force with respect to the United States. DOS will post a list of those Convention countries on its website. A list of countries that are currently parties to the Hague Adoption Convention is provided on the website of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law: http://www.hcch.net/."
Since the DOS has not yet published the list of countries, families, agencies and other interested parties will need to do a bit of research. To find out the most current list of countries subject to the new requiremnts as of April 1, 2008, please visit:
Adoptions from any country in either the member or non-member list with a date under the column "EIF" will be subject to the new requirements as of April 1, 2008. (source DOS website above and Ethica http://www.ethicanet.org/)
As of today, March 6, 2008 these are the countries meeting the above qualifications:
China, People's Republic of
Moldova, Republic of
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America