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Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.
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Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from national British control in 1919. Read more About Afghanistan.
Hague Convention Information
Afghanistan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Read more about Afghanistan and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from Afghanistan Read more about Who Can Adopt from Afghanistan.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Afghanistan has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. Read more about Who Can Be Adopted from Afghanistan.
How to Adopt
There is no central government adoption authority. Guardianship proceedings are handled by the Afghan Family Court. Read more about How to Adopt from Afghanistan.
It's important to know the ins and outs of traveling abroad as you begin planning your adoption journey. Read more about Traveling Abroad in Afghanistan during the adoption process.
Guardians are not required to provide periodic reports on the child’s adjustment and welfare to the Afghan Family Court.
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Read more about Post-Adoption Resources.
U.S. Embassy Kabul
Great Massoud Road, Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +011 0700 108 499
Internet: U.S. Embassy Kabul
Embassy of Afghanistan
2233 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 298-9125
Fax: (202) 298-9127
Internet: Embassy of Afghanistan
Afghanistan also has consulates in New York and Los Angeles.
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Intercountry Adoption. Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State. Country Information.
Last updated July 2013