Intercountry Adoption

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Belarus

Belarus
Republic of Belarus
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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes

Hague Convention Information

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.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Belarus and the U.S. Embassy in Minsk website for information on consular services.

Belarus’ Adoption Authority
Belarusian National Adoption Center of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

U.S. Immigration Requirements

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.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Belarus
46 Starovilenskaya St
Minsk, Belarus
220002
Tel: 375-17-2101283
Fax: 375-17-2177160
Email: ConsularMinsk@state.gov
Internet: https://by.usembassy.gov/embassy/minsk/

Belarus’s Adoption Authority
Belarusian National Adoption Center
Ms. Natalia Pospelova, Director
Platonova Str. 22, 11 th Floor
Minsk, BELARUS
Tel: 375-17-232-6701
Fax: 375-17-231-0617
Email: 7651042@tut.by

Embassy of Belarus
1619 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Tel: (202) 986-1606
fax: (202) 986-1805
Email: usa@mfa.gov.by  
Internet: usa.mfa.gov.by/

Belarus also has a Consulate at its UN Mission in New York

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
SA-29
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

Last Updated: November 1, 2013

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Minsk
46 Starovilenskaya St.
Minsk 220002, Belarus
Telephone
+(375) (17) 210-1283
Emergency
+(375) (29) 676-0134
Fax
+(375) (17) 334-7853

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