Intercountry adoptions from Eswatini to the United States are not currently possible. However, intercountry adoptions to Eswatini from the United States may be possible.
Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with the Eswatini Central Authority for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.
Eswatini is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(“Convention”). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (“IAA”), the IAA’s implementing regulations, and all applicable legislation and regulations of Eswatini. Although the Convention entered into force for Eswatini on July 1, 2013, the Government of Eswatini announced in June 2013 that it planned to continue the existing suspension on all new intercountry adoptions while it focused on taking the steps necessary to implement fully the Convention. The Government of Eswatini has not informed the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane of an expected end date to the suspension.
The Department of State cautions adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that intercountry adoptions to the United States from Eswatini will not resume until Eswatini lifts its suspension and the Department of State determines that intercountry adoptions from Eswatini comply with the Convention. Adoption service providers should not advertise adoption programs in Eswatini until the Department of State notifies them that the Government of Eswatini has lifted its temporary suspension of intercountry adoptions and that its procedures meet the requirements of the Convention.
The Department of State will provide updated information on Adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.
Warning: Do not attempt to adopt or to obtain custody of a child in Eswatini before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.
U.S. Embassy in Mbabane, Eswatini Physical Address: Corner of MR103 and Cultural Centre Drive, Ezulwini, Eswatini
Mail: P.O. Box D202, The Gables H105, Eswatini
Tel: (268) 2417-9000
Fax: (268) 2416-3344
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