The process for international adoption changed significantly with the April 1, 2008 U.S. implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention. This international treaty has been signed by approximately 75 countries. It is designed to protect the interests of all parties in adoption and to prevent the abduction or sale of children.
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Many parents who built their families through international adoption assume that the ongoing role of their child's birth family would be limited to non-existent. Some may have even thought that was a good thing.
But things change. Not only is being a parent different than almost anyone ever expects, but children grow up. The world changes.
Now you're parenting a teen or tween who is curious about her birth family. She talks about finding them. And she's tech-savvy. There's the Internet—and DNA testing.
Is it even possible for her to find her birth mom from China? Korea? Ethiopia? What are the possible ways to address this curiosity?
Join speakers Susan Soonkeum Cox of Holt International and Joy Lieberthal, LCSW and co-founder of I Am Adoptee, as they discuss:
Download the presentation on international search and reunion.