Adopting from Luxembourg

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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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About Luxembourg

Founded in 963, Luxembourg became a grand duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands. It lost more than half of its territory to Belgium in 1839 but gained a larger measure of autonomy. Full independence was attained in 1867. Overrun by Germany in both world wars, it ended its neutrality in 1948 when it entered into the Benelux Customs Union and when it joined NATO the following year. To learn more read About Luxembourg.

Hague Convention Information

Luxembourg is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague 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 the child’s country of origin.

Adoptions from Luxembourg are rare. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Luxembourg should contact the Central Authority of Luxembourg to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Luxembourg who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Luxembourg’s Central Authority. See contact information below.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Luxembourg and the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg’s website for information on consular services.

WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to Luxembourg’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Luxembourg where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Luxembourg’s Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Luxembourg before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any adoption case.

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

Adoption Authority

The Ministry of Family and Integration (Ministère de la Famille et de l'Intégration)

12-14 avenue Emile Reuter L-2919 Luxembourg Tel: 352 247 86532 Fax: 352 22 05 71 Internet: Ministry of Family and Integration


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