SERBIA – Foreign Authorization – Requirements and Procedure

Last Updated: August 15, 2022

Serbia – Foreign Authorization – Requirements and Procedure

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

Republic of Serbia ratified the Convention on December 18, 2012 and it came into force on April 1, 2013.

To obtain authorization, an ASP must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be registered and licensed in the country of origin.
  2. Be Hague accredited to conduct activities in the field of intercountry adoption by the competent authorities in the country of origin.
  3. Be managed and administered by appropriate multidisciplinary personnel.

The Adoption Oversight Division in the Office of Children’s Issues can provide an accreditation verification letter to satisfy Serbian requirement 2.  ASPs may email to request this official communication.

Adoptions service providers seeking information on authorization in Republic of Serbia should contact Serbian central adoption authority:

Ministry for Family Welfare and Demography

Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2a

11070 Belgrade


Contact persons:

For additional information, ASPs may wish to review the Serbia country-information page from the website.