International Adoption Update: Namibia

Namibia has agreed to follow the Hague Convention and may become an international adoption option for prospective adoptive parents.

k21901209Adoption STAR’s International Adoption Coordinator Meg Montgomery does a phenomenal job of “keeping tabs” on the ever-changing landscape of international adoption. Earlier this month, Meg e-mailed her Adoption STAR colleagues to inform them of the following:

“On January 1, 2016, The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention) went into force for Namibia.

Namibia has deposited its instruments of accession to the Convention and now the Department will work to determine whether it will be able to process intercountry adoptions from Namibia now that the Convention is in force.”

This essentially means that Namibia has elected to follow the Hague Convention; however, this does NOT guarantee that the U.S. will allow/process adoptions from this country. The U.S. Department of State will review the procedures that Namibia has in place and if they are comfortable, will agree to process adoptions from the country under the convention.

To learn more about adoption from Namibia via the U.S. Department of State, please click on the following link: Namibia

If you have questions or concerns about adoption from Namibia or international adoption in general, please contact Meg directly at