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Official Name: United Kingdom Last Updated: September 9, 2016

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Are Intercountry Adoptions between United Kingdom and the United States possible? Both adoptions to the United States from United Kingdom and from the United States to United Kingdom are possible.

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  • Hague Convention Information

    United Kingdom is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the requirements of the Hague Adoption 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 United Kingdom.

    The UK is generally not considered a country of origin in intercountry adoption. Most intercountry adoptions in the UK are by UK residents who adopt from other countries however it is possible to adopt a child from the UK through intercountry adoption. The information provided below is intended primarily to assist in rare adoption cases from the UK, including adoptions of UK children by relatives in the United States. This information may also be useful to U.S. citizens living in the UK considering adoptions from the UK or other countries.

    Note: If any of the following occurred prior to April 1, 2008, (the date on which the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force with respect to the United States), the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption: 1) you filed a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, identifying United Kingdom as the country where you intended to adopt and the approval is still valid; 2) you filed a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, on behalf of a child from United Kingdom, or 3) the adoption was completed. Under these circumstances, your adopted child’s adoption could continue to be processed as a non- Convention intercountry adoption, provided the child’s country of origin agrees. For more information, read about Hague Transition Cases. Please contact adoption@state.gov with the details of the case if this situation applies to you.

    U.S. IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

    To bring an adopted child to the United States from United Kingdom, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

    Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.

  • Who Can Adopt

    In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child from United Kingdom must meet the following requirements of United Kingdom:

    • Residency: UK residency is not a requirement for adoptions where the UK is the state of origin. Prospective adoptive parents may apply for a Convention adoption order in the UK once they have lived with the child for a minimum of 10 weeks. If they intend to adopt in the United States, they should apply to a UK court for an order under section 84 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, which confers parental responsibility on the applicant and allows them to remove the child for the purposes of adoption.

      The UK adoption law permits U.S. citizens resident in the UK for at least one year to apply to adopt from other countries through the UK intercountry adoption process. These prospective adoptive parents may contact the relevant city or county council that is the local child welfare authority for the area of their residence, or a registered voluntary adoption agency, in order to initiate the process. The UK Central Authority does not make habitual residence determinations to establish whether prospective adoptive parents may apply for a Hague Convention Adoption through the UK. We recommend that U.S. citizens adopting through the Hague Convention process in the UK seek private legal guidance regarding their habitual residence status in addition to reaching out to the local authorities in the UK.
    • Age of Adopting Parents: Applicants must be at least 21 years old to adopt. The United Kingdom does not have a statutory upper age limit. However, in making decisions on adoptive placements, each council or local authority has the power to consider age as a factor in determining whether placement with a prospective adoptive parent is in the best interest of the child.
    • Marriage: Married or single persons may apply to adopt. Married couples must adopt jointly unless one partner cannot be found, is incapable of making an application, or if a separation is likely to be permanent. Unmarried couples may not adopt jointly, although one partner of that couple may adopt as a single parent. Adoption by gay or lesbian married couples and/or single persons is permitted under U.K. law.
    • Income: There are no specific income requirements related to adoption.
    • Other: None.
  • Who Can Be Adopted

    Because United Kingdom is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from United Kingdom must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for intercountry adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of United Kingdom have determined that placement of the child within United Kingdom has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.

    In addition to qualifying as a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, a child must meet the following requirements of United Kingdom:

    • Relinquishment or Abandonment: Birthparents or legal guardians must consent, except in cases where consent may be waived. A court ruling declaring adoptability is also required for a child to be eligible for adoption. The birth mother is not considered legally competent to give consent to her baby’s placement for adoption until the child is six weeks old.
    • Age of Adoptive Child: A child can be adopted until age 19, provided that the appropriate UK authorities receive the application for adoption before the child reaches age 18. Please note that in order for a child to meet the definition of Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, must be filed on the child’s behalf while the child is under the age of 16 (or under the age of 18 if the child is the birth sibling of another adopted child who has immigrated or will immigrate based on adoption by the same adoptive parent(s)). Please see the USCIS website for special rules on filing dates for children aged 15-16 or siblings aged 17-18.
    • Sibling Adoptions: There are no specific legal requirements. The local authority gives consideration to adoption of siblings together on a case by case basis depending on the needs of the children.
    • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: There are no specific legal requirements. The local authority assesses the ability of the prospective adoptive parents to care for a particular child’s needs during the adoption process.
    • Waiting Period or Foster Care: There is a mandatory 10-week pre-adoptive care period in each adoption case. Prospective adoptive parent(s) generally should plan to remain in the UK for the 10-week period.

      In certain circumstances a child may be placed by the UK authorities with relatives who live abroad under a fostering arrangement prior to possible adoption. In these cases, if the child’s legal custodians wish to travel to the United States with the child then they may apply at the U.S. Embassy in London for a B-2 non-immigrant visa for the child to travel to the United States during the pre-adoptive care period.

      Note: U.S. immigration law applies to the issuance of non-immigrant visas. There is no guarantee that the child will qualify for a non-immigrant visa, nor is it advisable for the child to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) during the pre-adoptive care period. In order to be eligible for a non-immigrant B-2 visa or travel under the Visa Waiver Program, the child must have a residence abroad that he or she has no intention of abandoning and cannot be an intending immigrant who is coming to live permanently in the United States.
    • Other: A person cannot be adopted if he or she is married.

    Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are available for adoption. 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 possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

  • How To Adopt

    Warning: Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in United Kingdom before: 1) USCIS has approved your Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, 2) the Central Authority of United Kingdom has determined the child is available for intercountry adoption, 3) USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, and 4) a U.S. consular officer has issued an “Article 5/17 Letter” in the case. Read on for more information.

    United Kingdom’s Central Adoption Authority

    The Department for Education

    The Department for Education is the UK Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention and is responsible for children’s social services, including adoption policy. However, each adoption case is handled by the relevant council or voluntary adoption agency in the area where the adoptive child is located. Contact information for the local councils and local adoption agencies is available on the Department for Education’s webpage A guide to intercountry adoption: Apply to adopt a child through your council, and Apply to adopt a child through a voluntary adoption agency.

    Complete contact information for the Department for Education is listed below.

    Note: Special transition provisions may apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Read about Hague Transition Cases.

    The Process

    Because United Kingdom is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adoptions from United Kingdom must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is provided below. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

    1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider to Act as Your Primary Provider (That Has Been Authorized by United Kingdom’s Central Authority to Operate in United Kingdom)
    2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt (Form I-800A)
    3. Apply to United Kingdom’s Authorities to Adopt and Be Matched with a Child
    4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee (Form I-800) and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption (Art. 5/17 letter)
    5. Adopt the Child in United Kingdom (or Obtain Legal Custody of the Child for Purposes of Emigration and Adoption)
    6. Obtain a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

    1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider to Act as Your Primary Provider (That Has Been Authorized by United Kingdom’s Central Authority] to Operate in United Kingdom)

    The first step in adopting a child from United Kingdom is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide services to U.S. citizens in Convention cases (and that has been authorized by the Government of United Kingdom). A primary provider must be identified in each Convention case and only accredited or approved adoption service providers may act as the primary provider in your case. Your primary provider is responsible for:

    • Ensuring that all six adoption services defined at 22 CFR 96.2 are provided consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
    • Supervising and being responsible for supervised providers where used (see 22 CFR 96.14); and
    • Developing and implementing a service plan in accordance with 22 CFR 96.44.

    Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

    2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt

    After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must be found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS by submitting Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. You will need to submit a home study, fingerprints, and a background check as part of this application. Read more about Suitability and Eligibility Requirements.

    3. Apply to United Kingdom’s Authorities to Adopt and be Matched with a Child

    Submit Your Dossier to the Central Authority
    After USCIS determines that you are suitable and eligible to adopt and approves the Form I-800A application, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in United Kingdom as part of your adoption application. United Kingdom’s adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also suitable and eligible to adopt under United Kingdom’s law.

    Receive a Referral for a Child from the Central Authority
    If both the United States and United Kingdom determine that you are suitable and eligible to adopt, and United Kingdom’s Central Authority for Convention adoptions has determined that a child is available for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the Central Authority for Convention adoptions in United Kingdom may provide you with a referral for a child. The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of the child. The adoption authority in United Kingdom will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral or not. We encourage families to consult with a medical professional and their adoption service provider to understand the needs of the specific child but family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of, and provide a permanent home for, a specific child and must conform to the recommendations in the home study submitted to USCIS for the number of children and capacity to deal with any special needs of an adoptive child Learn more about Health Considerations. If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the central authority in United Kingdom. Learn more about this critical decision.

    4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

    Submit a Petition for a Determination on the Child’s Immigration Eligibility
    After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to USCIS for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States by filing the Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child appears to meet the definition of a Convention adoptee and will likely be eligible to enter and remain in the United States.

    Submit an Immigrant Visa Application
    After provisional approval of Form I-800 petition, you or your adoption service provider will submit a visa application to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in London responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from United Kingdom.

    You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number. Use this information to log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to file the Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) for your child. An adoptive parent should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form. A consular officer will review the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and the visa application and, if applicable, advises you of options for the waiver of any ineligibilities related to the visa application.

    The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to United Kingdom’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from United Kingdom if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the United Kingdom’s Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

    Warning: Do not attempt to adopt (or obtain custody) of a child in United Kingdom before you receive provisional approval of your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.

    Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

    5. Adopt the Child in United Kingdom (or Obtain Legal Custody of Child for Purposes of Emigration and Adoption of the Child)

    Remember: Before you adopt (or obtain legal custody of) a child in United Kingdom, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps can you proceed to finalize the adoption (or a grant of legal custody by United Kingdom for the purposes of emigration and adoption).

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or obtaining legal custody) in United Kingdom generally includes the following:

    • Role of Adoption Authority: The Department for Education (DfE) is the central government department responsible for adoption policy and legislation. The DfE also has a role in the processing of intercountry adoption cases. The DfE issues Certificates of Eligibility for all non-Hague Convention adoption applications made by prospective adoptive parents habitually resident in the U.K. For adoptions completed under the Hague Convention, the DfE only processes applications for England. The Devolved Administrations in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man Government each have their own Central Authorities under the Hague Convention and process casework for applicants in their respective countries.
    • Role of the Court: The court is responsible for making legal rulings on adoption applications including an order under section 84 giving parental responsibility. An application for an adoption order will usually start in a Family court. However, every case is different and the court's decision about the next steps will depend on the details of the application.
    • Role of Adoption Agencies: In the UK, all local councils have a statutory responsibility to provide adoption services. In addition to the local council, there are a number of voluntary adoption agencies that also provide an adoption service. For a listing of adoption agencies, see Apply to adopt a child through a voluntary adoption agency.
    • Time Frame: There is no standard time frame.
    • Adoption Application: Please see A Guide to Intercountry Adoption for UK Residents linked to the webpage A guide to intercountry adoption on the Department for Education website for detailed information on preparing an application for intercountry adoption.
    • Adoption Fees: There are no specific costs set by the UK government.

      Prospective adoptive parents are advised to obtain detailed receipts for all fees and donations paid, either directly or through your U.S. adoption service provider, and to raise any concerns regarding any payment that you believe may be contrary to the Convention, U.S. law, or the law of United Kingdom with your adoption service provider. Please also refer to information concerning the Hague Complaint Registry. Improper payments may have the appearance of buying a child, violate applicable law, and could put all future adoptions in United Kingdom at risk. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for instance, makes it unlawful to bribe foreign government officials to obtain or retain business. Further, the IAA makes it unlawful to improperly influence relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing Central Authority functions.

      In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.
    • Documents Required: Adoptive parents must provide the following:
      • A detailed home study complete by and approved adoption agency;
      • Medical clearance;
      • Full police background check

      Note: Additional documents may be requested.
    • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. If so, the Department of State, Authentications Office has information on the subject.

      Note: The United States and the United Kingdom are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. U.S. public documents may be authenticated with Apostilles by the appropriate U.S. Competent Authority.

    6. Obtain a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

    Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child for the purposes of emigration and adoption of the child in the United States), there are a few more steps to take before your child can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

    Birth Certificate
    If you have finalized the adoption in United Kingdom, you will first need to apply for a birth certificate for your child so that you can later apply for a passport.

    If you have been granted custody for the purposes of emigration and adoption of the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

    Adoptive parents may obtain UK Certificates of Adoption, the equivalent of a birth certificate issued in an adopted person’s new name from the General Register Office, Adoptions Section, Room C202, Trafalgar Road, Southport PR8 2HH. The short form birth certificate will be sent approximately six weeks after the court hearing. If a long form birth certificate is required the adopting parent will need to request one from the General Register Office, at the following website: gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp.

    United Kingdom Passport
    Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from United Kingdom.

    Information on how to obtain a U.K. child’s passport can be found on the following website: ips.gov.uk/passport/apply-child.asp.

    U.S. Immigrant Visa
    After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to finalize your application for a U.S. visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in London. After the adoption (or custody for purposes of emigration and adoption) is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for a final review of the case, and if applicable, the issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, the final approval of the Form I-800 petition, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you and be admitted to the United States as your child. As part of this process, you must provide the consular officer with the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child if you did not provide it during the provisional approval stage. Read more about the Medical Examination.

    Before coming for your child’s immigrant visa interview, please be sure to complete an Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) online at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number. You will need this information to log into CEAC to file the DS-260 for your child. An adoptive parent should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Print and bring the DS-260 form confirmation page to the visa interview. Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334 -0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form.

    Visa issuance after the final interview generally takes at least 24 hours. It is usually not possible to provide a visa on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. Adoptive parents should verify current processing times with the U.S. Embassy in London before making final travel arrangements.

    Child Citizenship Act
    For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s entry into the United States: An adopted child residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence generally will acquire U.S. citizenship automatically upon entry into the United States if the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, including the child is under the age of eighteen.

    For adoptions finalized after the child’s entry into the United States: You will need to complete an adoption following your child’s entry into the United States and before the child turns eighteen for the child (if he or she otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000) to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship.

    Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

  • Traveling Abroad

    Applying for Your U.S. Passport
    U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Once your child has acquired U.S. citizenship, s/he will need a U.S. passport for any international travel. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

    Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Department of State’s Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

    Obtaining a Visa to Travel to United Kingdom
    In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa to travel abroad. Where required, visas are affixed to a traveler’s passport and allow him or her to enter a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for United Kingdom, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

    Staying Safe on Your Trip
    Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country in the world about various issues, including health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

    Staying in Touch on Your Trip
    When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Enrollment makes it possible for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in United Kingdom, to contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in United Kingdom, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

    Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

  • After Adoption

    Post-Adoption/Post-Placement Reporting Requirements
    Once an adoption order has been granted, you are legally the child’s parent with the same rights and responsibilities as if they were born to you. Post-adoption reporting requirements will be determined by a UK local authority.

    We urge you to comply with United Kingdom’s post-adoption/post-placement requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption service provider may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that United Kingdom’s history of positive experiences with U.S. citizen adoptive parents.

    Post-Adoption Resources
    Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. Your primary provider can provide or point you to post- placement/post-adoption services to help your adopted child and your family transition smoothly and deal effectively with the many adjustments required in an intercountry adoption.

    Here are some places to start your support group search:

    Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of content.

  • Complaints

    If you have concerns about your adoption process, we ask that you share this information with the Embassy in London, particularly if it involves possible fraud or misconduct specific to your child’s case. The Department of State takes all allegations of fraud or misconduct seriously.

    Our Adoption Comment Page provides several points of contact for adoptive families to comment on their adoption service provider, their experience applying for their child’s visa, or about the Form I-800 petition process.

    The Hague Complaint Registry is an internet based registry for filing complaints about U.S. accredited or approved adoption service providers. If you think your provider's conduct may have been out of substantial compliance with accreditation standards, first submit your complaint in writing directly to your provider. If the complaint is not resolved through the provider's complaint process, you may file the complaint through the Hague Complaint Registry.

  • Contact Information

    U.S. Embassy in United Kingdom
    24 Grosvenor Square
    London, W1K6AH, United Kingdom
    Tel: (44) (0) 20 7499-9000
    Internet: uk.usembassy.gov

    United Kingdom’s Adoption Authority
    The Department for Education
    Intercountry Adoption Team
    Level 0
    Bishopsgate House
    Feethams
    Darlington DL15QE
    Tel: 0379-0002288
    Email: DARLINGTON.ICA@education.gsi.gov.uk
    Internet: www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/adoption-fostering

    Embassy of United Kingdom
    The British Embassy
    3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Tel: (202) 588-7800
    Internet: ukinusa.fco.gov.uk.com/

    United Kingdom also has consulates in: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle.

    Office of Children’s Issues
    U.S. Department of State
    CA/OCS/CI
    SA-17, 9th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
    Tel: 1-888-407-4747
    Email: Adoption@state.gov
    Internet: adoption.state.gov

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    For questions about immigration procedures:
    USCIS 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 application or a Form I-800 petition:
    USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)
    Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
    Email: NBC.Hague@uscis.dhs.gov