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If you are considering adopting a child from another country and bringing the child to the United States, meet with An Austin Hague adoption attorney who understands the Hague Adoption Convention and can help you best prepare for the challenges of international adoption.
The United States is signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Hague Convention set up standards on intercountry adoptions to safeguard the interests of children. These protections will apply in cases of international adoptions where the child's nation of origin is also signatory to the convention. The adoption must comply with both the U.S. law and the laws of the child's native country.
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