Intercountry Adoption: Belarus

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of James Wharton James Wharton Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Belarus on adoption by UK families of orphans from that country;

(2) what agreements the UK has with the Government of Belarus on the adoption by UK families of orphans from that country.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for adoption matters. The Department has had no discussions with Belarus since November 2004. Both the UK and Belarus have implemented the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption which sets out international standards and processes for intercountry adoption. This Department has no separate agreement with Belarus.

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