1980 Child Abduction Convention. The number of Contracting States for the Abduction Convention has increased to 92 with ratification by Japan, effective April 1, 2014, and accession by Iraq, effective June 1, 2014.
1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention. With ratification or accession late in 2013 by Croatia, Serbia, and Haiti, effective April 1, 2014, there are currently 93Contracting States for the Adoption Convention. The Hague Conference intends to convene a Special Commission to consider the practical operation of the Adoption Convention during the first half of 2015.
1996 Child Protection Convention. The recent accession of Georgia brings the number of Contracting States for the 1996 Convention to 40, including most of the countries of the European Union. In April, the Hague Conference announced publication of its Practical Handbook on the Operation of the 1996 Convention, which will be an important tool to assist in bringing the Convention into force more widely.
2007 Child Support Convention. In April, the European Union became a contracting party to the Child Support Convention, which means that as of August 1, 2014, it will be in force in 31 countries: 27 EU member countries (excluding Denmark) plus Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Norway and Ukraine. The Hague Conference has also recently completed its Practical Handbook for Caseworkers under the Child Support Convention, and the new e-Country Profile system.