The organisations that are members of Asia Pacific International Adoption Forum (hereafter called the organisations), agree to supplement existing rules and legislation in their respective countries with the common standards of practice as stated in:

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Declaration on Social and Legal Principles relating to the Protection and Welfare of Children, with Special Reference to Foster Placement and Adoption, Nationally and Internationally

The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of lntercountry Adoption.

APIAF member organisations base their practice on the belief that children need permanent, loving families in order to reach their full potential, and that children deprived of this care suffer effects which may last a lifetime.

APIAF member organisations believe that when there is not a family in the child's country able to permanently and expeditiously care for the child, then international adoption can be an excellent option.

APIAF member organisations view international adoption as a child welfare service that must focus first on the best interests of the child.

APIAF member organisations strive to follow a professional standard of practice that has core values of integrity, honesty, transparency, and professional service delivery.

APIAF member organisations strive to meet the highest ethical and professional standards in inter-country adoption while ensuring the following minimum standards of practice are met and all placements are carried out within the relevant laws of the sending and receiving countries.

The Standards of Practice are divided into four parts:

The Child

The Birth Parents

The Adoptive Parents

The Adoption Organisations and their co-operation with other bodies