International Child Adoption: More Countries
This section of the site will assist you in finding information on child adoption from countries around the world.
Adoption Country Information
Intercountry adoptions are governed by both the laws of the child’s home country and the laws of the United States. In fact, when adopting you must comply with three different sets of laws: U.S. federal law, the laws of the child’s country of birth, and the laws of your U.S. state of residence.
To help you navigate the adoption process in a specific country, the U.S. Department of State offers Country Information. For each country, this Country Information describes whether a country is party to the Hague Adoption Convention. It names a country’s adoption authority and describes the eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents and for children to be adopted. In addition, the Country Information offers key contact information, information about the role of the court and adoption agencies, as well as adoption statistics.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs offers Country Specific Information for every country of the world. This information provides you with key details about various issues, including entry requirements, health information, crime and security information, and any areas of instability. It’s a good idea to check this Country Specific Information before your trip abroad.
The U.S. Department of State also recommends paying attention to its Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts before traveling. Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country.
The Department of State provides additional Background Notes on every country in the world. The Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of each country.
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has an excellent website to help with information on how to proceed with an adoption in any particular country. Please remember that the laws of every country are different and in an international adoption you must meet the laws of the country the child is coming from as well as the laws of your country of residence and the laws of your state of residence. You may also want to check AdoptionLaws.
The following is a list of adoption agencies for the countries listed, each of these also includes helpful information on adoption for those countries and a link to the appropriate section of the U.S. Department of State website that can provide additional helpful information.
If you would like additional information and assistance regarding adoption please feel free to contact us.