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Cambodia

Official Name: Cambodia Last Updated: October 1, 2009

Hague Adoption Convention Country? Yes

Is Cambodia a U.S. Hague Partner? No

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  • Hague Convention Information

    Cambodia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Cambodia and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

    Intercountry adoption is not possible from Cambodia at this time.

    On December 21, 2001 the processing of adoption petitions for Cambodia was suspended. This decision was based on numerous concerns related to fraud in Cambodia, as well as the lack of sufficient local legal frameworks and other safeguards to protect the children's best interests. Due to continued concerns, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) remains unable to approve any form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Cambodia. The USCIS suspension remains in effect for all I-600 forms that have been filed. 

    Based on the existing issues of fraud and irregularity in Cambodia, the Department of State (DOS) has reconfirmed the suspension of adoptions under the Hague process in Cambodia. It has been determined that at this time Cambodia is not meeting its obligations under The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. For these reasons the DOS remains unable to issue the required Hague Certificate or Hague Custody Declaration for any form I-800, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention country. The Department of State will continue to monitor the situation in Cambodia and will provide updates as soon as they are available.

  • Contact Information

    The Embassy of the United States of America, Phnom Penh
    Consular Section
    #1, Street 96
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Tel: (855-23) 728-000
    Fax: (855-23) 728-600
    Email: adoptionscambodia@state.gov
    Internet: http://cambodia.usembassy.gov/

    Cambodia's Adoption Authority
    No. 788, Preah Monivong Blvd.,
    Sangkat Boeung Trabek,
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Tel: 855-23-725-191or 725-891

    Embassy of Cambodia
    The Royal Embassy of Cambodia
    4530 16th Street, N.W.,
    Washington, D.C., 20011,
    Tel. 202-726-7742

    Office of Children's issues
    U.S. Department of State  
    CA/OCS/CI  
    SA-17, 9th Floor
    Washington, DC 20522-1709
    Tel: 1-888-407-4747
    E-mail: AskCI@state.gov
    http://adoption.state.gov

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
    1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).