Foreign Affairs: Agencies Have Improved the Intercountry Adoption Process, but Further Enhancements Are Needed

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "U.S. intercountry adoptions nearly tripled from more than 8,000 to more than 22,000 between fiscal years 1994 and 2004. While the Department of State (State) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manage the process, factors ranging from corruption to inadequate legal frameworks in foreign countries could lead to abuses such as the abduction of children. GAO (1) describes the U.S. intercountry adoption process, (2) assesses the U.S. government's efforts to manage the intercountry adoption process, (3) assesses U.S. efforts to strengthen safeguards and mitigate against ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. October 21, 2005.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "U.S. intercountry adoptions nearly tripled from more than 8,000 to more than 22,000 between fiscal years 1994 and 2004. While the Department of State (State) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manage the process, factors ranging from corruption to inadequate legal frameworks in foreign countries could lead to abuses such as the abduction of children. GAO (1) describes the U.S. intercountry adoption process, (2) assesses the U.S. government's efforts to manage the intercountry adoption process, (3) assesses U.S. efforts to strengthen safeguards and mitigate against the potential for fraudulent adoptions, and (4) describes the Hague Convention (Convention) and the statuses of U.S. and top sending countries' implementation of the Convention."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Foreign Affairs: Agencies Have Improved the Intercountry Adoption Process, but Further Enhancements Are Needed, report, October 21, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298339/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.