Adopting from Serbia
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The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was formed in 1918; its name was changed to Yugoslavia in 1929. Communist Partisans resisted the Axis occupation and division of Yugoslavia from 1941 to 1945 and fought nationalist opponents and collaborators as well. The military and political movement headed by Josip Broz "TITO" (Partisans) took full control of Yugoslavia when their domestic rivals and the occupiers were defeated in 1945. To learn more please read About Serbia
Serbia Adoption Alert
Hague Convention Information
Serbia 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).
NOTE: Adoption services in Serbia can be completed either through direct contact with the Serbian Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Policy (“Ministry”) or with the assistance of an authorized U.S. adoption service provider. Contact information for the Ministry is provided in the “Contact Information” section below. A small number of U.S. adoption service providers are authorized by the Ministry to provide services related to intercountry adoptions in Serbia. Prospective adoptive parents who decide to use an adoption service provider should verify the agency’s authorization by contacting the Ministry.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Serbia has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Serbia.
How to Adopt
Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy
The process for adopting a child from Serbia 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 Serbia
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
- Bring your child home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Serbia.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Serbia. 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 Serbia.
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:
U.S. Embassy in Serbia
Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy Address: Nemanjina 22-26 11000 Belgrade Tel: +381 11 363 1448 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
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=serbia