Adopting from Qatar
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Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew the father in a bloodless coup in 1995. In short order, HAMAD oversaw the creation of the pan-Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera and Qatar's pursuit of a leadership role in mediating regional conflicts. To learn more please read About Qatar.
Hague Convention Information
Qatar is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Qatar did not change.
The Department of State does not maintain files on the adoption process in Qatar because adoptions from Qatar are rare. Fewer than five adoptions by American citizen parents have taken place in over a decade. Please visit the Department's Country Specific Information sheets for more information on travelling to Qatar and the U.S. Embassy Doha's website for information on consular services.