Intercountry Adoption

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Mozambique

Mozambique
Republic of Mozambique
Exercise normal precautions in Mozambique. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Exercise normal precautions in Mozambique. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to violent extremism.

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Maputo due to crime.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Mozambique:

  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Consider hiring a professional security organization if traveling to the affected areas of Cabo Delgado.
  • Be aware of increased government security checkpoints in Cabo Delgado Province.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Mozambique.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

There have been attacks by violent extremists in the districts of Mocimboa da Praia, Nangade, Palma, Macomia, Ibo, Ancuabe and Quissanga in the northern Cabo Delgado Province that borders Tanzania. These groups have used machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks, as well as burned vehicles and homes.  While the attacks have been localized in the abovementioned districts, there remains a possibility that such violence could spill over into other districts bordering or near Macomia.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Maputo – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime, such as muggings, is common. 

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions are not currently possible between Mozambique and the United States.

Hague Convention Information

While domestic adoption by U.S. citizens living in Mozambique is possible, intercountry adoption (taking the child to reside in a foreign country while still a minor) is not possible. Under Mozambique’s laws, the adopted child must reside with the parents in Mozambique until reaching 18 years of age.

Mozambique is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention).

U.S. citizens living in Mozambique interested in adopting children from Mozambique should contact the adoption authority of Mozambique to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Mozambique who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Mozambique’s adoption authority. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible 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 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).

Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on travelling to Mozambique and the U.S. Embassy Maputo’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

Mozambique’s Adoption Authority
Adoption information may be requested from this office by postal mail, international courier, or phone using the following contact information:

Direcção Nacional de Acção Social
Departamento da Crianca (Social Services National Directorate, Children’s Department)
Av. Ahmed Sékou Touré 908, Maputo
Tel: +258 21 350300/301 064
Ms. Francisca Sales is the Director of the Social Services National Directorate at the federal level.
Internet: Ministério do Género, Criança e Acção Social

Embassy of Mozambique
Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique
1525 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Suite 570
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 293-7146
Fax: (202) 835-0245
Email: embamoc@aol.com
Internet: usa.embamoc.gov.mz

Mozambique also has a consulate in New York City.

U.S. Embassy in Mozambique
Consular Section
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda 193
Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: + (258) 21 49 2797
Fax: + (258) 21 49 0448
Email: ConsularMaputo@state.gov
Internet: mz.usembassy.gov

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 filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with the

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 questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with a USCIS international field office:

Please visit uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices and select the appropriate office.

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

Last Updated: October 1, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Maputo
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, 193
Maputo, Mozambique
Telephone
+(258) 21-49-2797
Emergency
+(258) 21-49-0723
Fax
+(258) 21-49-0448

Mozambique Map