Two important statistical reports come from the Office of Children’s Issues in the US State Department each spring.  In March 2014, OCI released its Annual Report on Intercountry Adop
1980 Child Abduction Convention. The number of Contracting States for the  Abduction Convention has increased to 92 with ratification
As a Contracting State to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Vatican appeared before the Committee on the Rights of the Child during its 65th session in January 2014 to report on its progress in implementing the treaty.  The Committee’s  
Croatia, Haiti and Serbia joined the Hague Adoption Convention in December 2013.  It will come into effect in all three countries on April 1, 2014, bringing the number of Contracting States to 93.
Japan deposited its instrument of ratification for the Hague Child Abduction Convention on Friday, January 24, 2014 and became the 91st contracting state.  The Convention will enter into force for Japan on April 1.


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