Adopting from Nepal
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In 1951, the Nepali monarch ended the century-old system of rule by hereditary premiers and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. An insurgency led by Maoists broke out in 1996. To learn more read About Nepal.
Nepal Adoption Alert
Hague Convention Information
Nepal is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). To learn more please read about Nepal and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
How to Adopt
Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare
The process for adopting a child from Nepal generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an Adoption Service Provider
- Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
- Be Matched with a Child
- Adopt the Child in Nepal
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
- Bring Your Child Home
To learn more about this process please read about How to Adopt from Nepal.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Nepal. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Nepal.
What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some good places to start your support group search:
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Nepal
Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare Singha Durbar Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: +977-1-420-0408 Fax: +977-1-420-0116 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: MOWCSW (Please note that as of this posting, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare’s website is under construction.)
Embassy of Nepal
Office of Children's Issues
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) Internet: USCIS
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=nepal