Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 Law and Legal Definition

The Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 is a U.S. federal legislation that provides for the implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention. It is also known as IAA. The Act aims to protects the right of children and prevent discrimination against them.

The following is an example of a federal state discussing the purposes of the Act:

42 USCS ยง 14901. Findings and purposes

(a) Findings. Congress recognizes--

(1) the international character of the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (done at The Hague on May 29, 1993); and

(2) the need for uniform interpretation and implementation of the Convention in the United States and abroad,

and therefore finds that enactment of a Federal law governing adoptions and prospective adoptions subject to the Convention involving United States residents is essential.

(b) Purposes. The purposes of this Act are--

(1) to provide for implementation by the United States of the Convention;

(2) to protect the rights of, and prevent abuses against, children, birth families, and adoptive parents involved in adoptions (or prospective adoptions) subject to the Convention, and to ensure that such adoptions are in the children's best interests; and

(3) to improve the ability of the Federal Government to assist United States citizens seeking to adopt children from abroad and residents of other countries party to the Convention seeking to adopt children from the United States.