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Republic of the Congo Accedes to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption

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On December 11, 2019, the Republic of the Congo acceded to the Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption Convention (Hague Adoption Convention).  The Convention will enter into force for the Republic of the Congo on April 1, 2020.  The Department is determining if the United States may process Convention adoptions with Republic of Congo pursuant to U.S. law.

The Republic of the Congo is the 102nd nation to become party to the Hague Adoption Convention, an international agreement that establishes safeguards to protect the best interests of children and to provide greater security, predictability, and transparency for all involved in an intercountry adoption.

Please monitor adoption.state.gov or subscribe to our listserv for updated information.  For questions related to this notice, please email the Office of Children’s Issues at adoption@state.gov.

Births & Eligibility for a Consular Report of Birth

A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Find more information in our birth section.

International Parental Child Abduction

Republic of Congo is not a Hague Convention Partner with regard to child abductions.  For in-depth information on the workings of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, visit the Department of State’s International Parental Child Abduction Page.