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Intercountry Adoption

Intercountry Adoption

  • Adoptions Landing Page

    "Recognizing that the child...should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding"

    - Hague Adoption Convention, Preamble

Intercountry Adoption

Intercountry adoption is one of the Department of State’s highest priorities. We believe it should be an option for children in need of permanent homes when it is in the best interest of the child and domestic solutions have been given due consideration.  Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from abroad, and families habitually resident in other countries also adopt children from the United States. 

Intercountry adoption is the process by which you adopt a child from a country other than your own through permanent legal means and then bring that child to your country of residence to live with you permanently. This website can give you valuable information about intercountry adoptions, from starting the process to post-adoption information. 

Post Adoption Information

Important Information on Post Adoption Requirements and obtaining U.S. citizenship

See Assistant Secretary, Carl Risch's statement for National Adoption Month

Overseeing intercountry adoption is one of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ most important roles.

Remarks by Carl Risch at the Strengthening Practice for the Future of Intercountry Adoption Symposium