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Kosovo

Official Name: Kosovo Last Updated: October 14, 2014

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Hague Adoption Convention Country? No

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  • Hague Convention Information

    Kosovo is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

    Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Kosovo. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Kosovo should contact the adoption authority of Kosovo to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Kosovo, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Kosovo’s adoption authority. See contact information below.

    Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

    Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Kosovo and the U.S. Embassy Pristina’s website for information on consular services.

  • Contact Information

    U.S. Embassy Pristina
    Dragodan-Arbëria, Nazim Hikmet 30, Pristina
    Tel: + 381 38 5959 3001
    Fax: + 381 38 548 614
    E-mail: PristinaACS@state.gov
    Internet: http://xk.usembassy.gov

    Kosovo’s Adoption Authority
    Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
    Department for Social and Family Policy
    Magbule Koci
    Senior Officer for Foster Care and Adoption
    Address: UCK st, Qafe p.n. Kati III. Nr. 14
    10000 Pristina, Kosovo

    Tel. +381-38-211-080; +381-38-200-26-032; fax: +381-38-211-940;
    Email: Magbule.Koci@rks-gov.net (The Department for Social and Family Policy is open Monday – Friday; representatives speak English, Albanian and Serbian).

    Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo
    1101 30th Street, NW
    Suite 330
    Washington, DC, 20007
    Tel: +1 202 380 3581
    Fax: +1 202 380 36 28
    E-mail: embassy.usa@ks-gov.net

    Consulate General of the Republic of Kosovo in the United States, New York
    801 Second Avenue, Suite 301 New York, NY 10017
    Tel.: + 1 212 949 1400
    Fax: + 1 212 949 1403
    Email: consulategeneral.ny@rks-gov.net

    U.S. Embassy in Macedonia
    Address: Samoilova Street, No.21, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
    Tel: +389 (0)2 310 2000
    Fax: +389 (0)2 310 2299
    Email: consularskopje@state.gov
    Internet: http://macedonia.usembassy.gov

    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
    Email: AskCI@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-600A or I-600 petition:
    National Benefits Center
    Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
    Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov