Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: October 6, 2000

Statement on Signing the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000,
October 6, 2000

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2909, the "Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000." This Act will implement the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. I am pleased that the Senate gave its advice and consent to ratification of the Convention on September 20, 2000.

The United States and 65 other countries came together to negotiate the Convention in response to abuses in the intercountry adoption process, including illegal child trafficking. By setting uniform standards, the Convention better protects the rights and interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents involved in intercountry adoption.

In its preamble, the Convention recognizes that children should grow up in a family environment and that properly safeguarded intercountry adoption offers the advantage of a permanent family to children who cannot readily be placed with a suitable family in their country of origin. The United States actively participated in the preparation and negotiation of this Convention, with the guidance and participation of representatives of U.S. adoption and family law interests. Since the United States signed the Convention in 1994, several ratifying countries have expressed the view that they would prefer that their children emigrate only to countries that have agreed to comply with the Hague Convention’s safeguards and procedures. As a result, the U.S. adoption community has supported U.S. implementing legislation. This bill will ensure the full and uniform implementation of the Convention throughout the United States.

Adoption is an emotional event. With the complexities of international law and procedures, these cases are often overwhelming for the families involved. The Hague Convention and the implementing legislation will provide protections for children and parents engaged in intercountry adoption and will help ensure a standard of service that all families deserve.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
October 6, 2000.

Note: H.R. 2909, approved October 6, was assigned Public Law No. 106-279. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, October 6, 2000," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215 2356. Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPT5ST8F4QHEIQ9.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, October 6, 2000." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, page 2356. Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPT5ST8F4QHEIQ9.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, October 6, 2000' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, pp.2356. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPT5ST8F4QHEIQ9.