Hague Convention Special Commission

IKAA was invited to attend the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, serving as the only organization to have represented the perspectives of adult intercountry adoptees at the Special Commission in 2005, 2010, and 2015.

IKAA’s most recent Working Document submitted to the 2015 Special Commission contains recommendations for increased and improved Post Adoption Services. In particular, IKAA emphasizes the need for openness in adoption and records, effective post-reunion services, and on-going support for adult adoptees from both Sending States and Receiving States. IKAA also notes the continuing expansion of the adult intercountry adoptee community to include the children and grandchildren of adoptees. IKAA finds that this new generation of family members also requires their own specialized Post Adoption Services.