DENMARK - Foreign Authorization

Last Updated: August 23, 2022

To support the viability of intercountry adoption as an option for permanency for children in Denmark, the Office of Children’s Issues and the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen sought information from the Danish Central Authority regarding its legal requirements for the authorization of adoption service providers (ASP), pursuant to Article 12 of the Hague Adoption Convention (Convention).

Denmark ratified the Convention on July 2, 1997, and it entered into force on November 1, 1997.

Incoming intercountry adoption from Denmark to the United States are rare and generally limited to relative cases or other extraordinary circumstances.  ASPs in need of information about Danish authorization requirements should contact the Danish Central Authority directly for information and notify the Office of Children's Issues if assistance with facilitating communication is needed.

ASPs with questions about the information below or about pursuing adoptions in Denmark should contact Ankestyrelsen/National Social Appeals Board, Teglholmsgade 3, 2450, COPENHAGEN SV, Denmark.

Mailing address: 7998 Statsservice, Denmark
Phone: +45 3341 1200

For additional information, ASPs may wish to review the Denmark country-information page.