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Official Name: Kuwait Last Updated: April 1, 2014

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Hague Adoption Convention Country? No

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  • Hague Convention Information

    Kuwait 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 Government of Kuwait: 

    Kuwait laws do not allow for adoption. Kuwait’s constitution is based on Islamic law, and as a result, adoption is not permitted. Children determined by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to be orphans are considered to be in the custody of the State of Kuwait. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor can place Kuwaiti orphans under temporary guardianship of willing Kuwaitis; however, the children are not able to be adopted.

    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 Kuwait and the U.S. Embassy Kuwait’s website for information on consular services.

    Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor