Exercise normal precautions in Belarus.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Belarus:
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.
Belarus’ Adoption Authority
Belarusian National Adoption Center of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Belarus, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. 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 be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
Belarus’s Adoption Authority
Belarusian National Adoption Center
Ms. Natalia Pospelova, Director
Platonova Str. 22, 11 th Floor
Belarus also has a Consulate at its UN Mission in New York
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)
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)
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