Attorney Bryce Neier has a unique knowledge of domestic and international family law. Through his practice, Bryce Neier has gained strong and keen understanding of international family law practices, including in particular international child custody and child abduction as part of the Hague Convention. In addition international adoption has become a huge part of international children issues. The Convention’s key aim is ensuring that inter-country adoptions are in the best interest of adopted children and protect against child abduction and trafficking.
Under the Hague Convention, all subscribing countries must establish a central authority to oversee international adoptions. In the United States, the Department of State serves as that authority. For Convention member countries, an international adoption may occur if the child’s home country has deemed the child adoptable, and if adoption authorities have pursued an in-country adoption. Currently, the Hague Convention has approximately 90 member countries.
As stated in the Hague Convention preamble, all children should have the opportunity to “grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding.” As a result of specific international adoption guidance, many children can find home environments in other countries if a suitable home is not available in their native country.