Adopting from Lesotho

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Basotho women.

Uniformed children in class in Ha Nqabeni primary school.

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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About Lesotho

Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. To learn more please read About Lesotho.

Lesotho Adoption Alert

There have been multiple adoption alerts for Lesotho. To learn more please read Lesotho Adoption Alert.

Hague Convention Information

Lesotho is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Lesotho. To learn more please read about Lesotho and the Hague Convention.

Contact Information

Lesotho’s Adoption Authority

Office of the Principal Secretary Ministry of Social Development Parliament Road Maseru 100, Lesotho Tel: 226 58038783 Fax: +266 32 22324103 Email:

U.S. Embassy in Maseru, Lesotho

254 Kingsway Road Maseru, Lesotho Tel: +266 22 312 666 Fax: +266 22 310 116 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy Lesotho


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information