Hague Convention Provides Guidance for International Adoptions

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.


Author: Bryce Neier

Attorney Bryce Neier practices through his private firm, The Law Office of Bryce D. Neier, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Focused on issues that strongly effect families, Neier has chosen to center his practice on complex divorce proceedings and child custody issues, and involves himself in many aspects of civil rights litigation. He regularly contributes his time to the Alliance Defense Fund to help protect concepts such as religious freedom and traditional family values. Neier brings real-world experience to the table outside of the legal field. Prior to attending law school, Bryce Neier, a nominee to the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended Stetson University on an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance, Neier served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for five years. He received both an Army Achievement Medal and an Army Commendation Medal and attained the rank of Captain before leaving active duty to pursue a legal career. A member of the North Carolina State Bar, Neier completed his Juris Doctor through Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, North Carolina. With professional experience spanning two decades, Neier began his career during his final year of law school when he served as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the District of South Carolina. Upon the completion of his degree, he was appointed to an Assistant Public Defender position in the state of North Carolina. He later went on to practice as an Associate at the Law Office of H. Terry Hutchens; from there he went on to practice as a Partner at The Law Firm of Brown and Neier. Bryce Neier attends Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Neier also regularly contributes to multiple charities including the ChildFund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Smile Train Inc., an organization that helps to provide cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries.

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