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Belarus

Official Name: Belarus Last Updated: November 1, 2013

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Hague Adoption Convention Country? Yes

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  • Hague Convention Information

    Belarus is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Belarus.

    PLEASE NOTE: The Government of Belarus has not processed any U.S. adoptions of Belarusian children since October 2004. The Government of Belarus changed its adoption procedures between 2004 and 2005, requiring an agreement of cooperation between the central authorities of a foreign state and the Republic of Belarus. The United States and Belarus have not entered into such agreement.

    U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Belarus who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should contact Belarus’ Central Authority. See contact information below.

    Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Belarus and the U.S. Embassy in Minsk website for information on consular services.

    Belarus’ Adoption Authority
    Belarusian National Adoption Center of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

  • Contact Information

    U.S. Embassy in Belarus
    46 Starovilenskaya St
    Minsk, Belarus
    220002
    Tel: 375 – 17-2101283
    Fax: 375 – 17-2177160
    Email: ConsularMinsk@state.gov
    Internet: minsk.usembassy.gov

    Belarus’s Adoption Authority
    Belarusian National Adoption Center
    Ms. Natalia Pospelova, Director
    Platonova Str. 22, 11 th Floor
    Minsk, BELARUS
    Tel: 375 – 17-232-6701
    Fax: 375 – 17-231-0617
    Email: 7651042@tut.by

    Embassy of Belarus
    1619 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    Tel: (202) 986-1606
    fax: (202) 986-1805
    Email: http://usa.mfa.gov.by/en/embassy/address/  
    Internet: usa.mfa.gov.by/

    Belarus also has a Consulate at its UN Mission in New York

    Office of Children’s Issues
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street, N.W.
    SA-29
    Washington, D.C. 20520
    Tel: 1-888-407-4747
    Email: AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
    Internet: adoption.state.gov

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    For questions about immigration procedures:
    National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
    Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
    Internet: uscis.gov

    For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition:
    National Benefits Center
    Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
    Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov