Adopting from Afghanistan

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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.

The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.

About Afghanistan

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.

Traveling Abroad

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.

After Adoption

Guardians are not required to provide periodic reports on the child’s adjustment and welfare to the Afghan Family Court.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Read more about Post-Adoption Resources.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Kabul Great Massoud Road, Kabul, Afghanistan Tel: +011 0700 108 499 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy Kabul

Embassy of Afghanistan 2233 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Suite #216 Washington, D.C. 20007 Tel: (202) 298-9125 Fax: (202) 298-9127 Email: Internet: Embassy of Afghanistan

Afghanistan also has consulates in New York and Los Angeles.

Office of Children’s Issues U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email:

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) Email:


Intercountry Adoption. Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State. Country Information. Last updated July 2013