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If you decide to travel to Italy:
Italy 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 Italy.
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 Belgium’s Central Authority, the Federal Public Service Justice, for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.
While adoption is legally possible, children from Italy are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. Only 1 child from Italy has received a U.S. immigrant visa based on an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from Italy, including adoptions of children from Italy by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Italy.
Prospective adoptive parents who are stationed overseas on U.S. military orders, posted overseas on U.S. government orders, or are private citizens living abroad are cautioned that the Convention may apply to an adoption completed in the United States, in the host country, and/or involving a child from a third country. We also strongly encourage such prospective adoptive parents to consult with the Central Authority of the country where they are physically residing, and/or where the child is residing, to determine whether the Convention applies to a proposed adoption.
Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Italy. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Italy should contact the Central Authority of Italy to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Italy who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Italy’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on traveling to Italy and the U.S. Embassy in Rome’s website for information on consular services.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Italy’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from Italy if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Italy’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 Italy before USICS has provisionally approved 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.
Italy’s Adoption Authority:
Commissione per le Adozioni Internazionali (CAI)
(Commission for Intercountry Adoption)
Via di Villa Ruffo 6
Tel: +39 06 6779 2060; +39 06 6779 2182
Fax: +39 (06) 67792165 / 2166 / 2167
Email: email@example.com; Commissioneadozioni.firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: City Juvenile Courts oversee the handling of adoption cases. For a complete listing of these courts, prospective adoptive parents should visit the following website: http://www.commissioneadozioni.it/gli-attori-istituzionali/i-tribunali-per-i-minorenni/
U.S. Consulate General Naples
Piazza della Repubblica - 80122 NAPOLI
Tel: (switchboard): (+39) 081.583.8111
The United States also has Consulates General in: Florence and Milan
Embassy of Italy
Address: 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 612-4400
Fax: (202) 518-2151
Italy also has consulates in: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco
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
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833
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