Hague Convention

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Glossary Item
Synonymous names:Intercountry adoption
METeOR identifier:722866
Registration status:Children and Families, Standard 02/12/2019

A convention—specifically, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption—that establishes standards and procedures for adoptions between countries. The Hague Convention includes legally binding safeguards and a system of supervision, and establishes channels of communication between countries. It came into force in Australia on 1 December 1998.

An intercountry adoption is classified as a Hague adoption, Bilateral adoption or known child intercountry or ad-hoc adoption.


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Hague Convention Children and Families, Candidate 27/09/2021

Supersedes Hague Convention Children and Families, Superseded 02/12/2019

Metadata items which use this glossary item:

Adoptions DSS 2018-19 Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021

Adoptions DSS 2019-20 Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021