Adopting from Armenia

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The official flag.



A winter view of Yerevan with the backdrop of Mount Ararat (locally known as Masis).

Etchmiadiz Cathedral, the oldest church in the world built by the state.

Geghard Monestary.

7th century Khor Virap monestary in the shadow of Mr. Ararat.

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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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 Armenia

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Ottoman. To learn more read About Armenia.

Armenia Adoption Alert

There have been multiple adoption alerts for Armenia over the years. To learn more please read the Armenia Adoption Alert page.

Hague Convention Information

Armenia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Armenia and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

NOTE: Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Learn more.

Who Can Adopt

Adoption between the United States and Armenia is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Read more about Who Can Adopt from Armenia.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Armenia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Armenia must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. Read more about Who Can Be Adopted from Armenia.

How to Adopt

Because Armenia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Armenia must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention's requirements. Read more about How to Adopt from Armenia.

Traveling Abroad

Learn more about Traveling Abroad in Armenia

After Adoption

What does Armenia require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

According to Armenian law, there are no post-adoption requirements for intercountry adoptions.

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:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

American Council on Adoptable Children

NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Armenia

1 American Avenue Yerevan, Republic of Armenia Tel: (+374 10) 464-700, 494-686 Fax: (+374 10) 464-742, 464-737 Email:

Armenian Adoption Authority

National Adoption Committee of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Labor and Social Issues Government Building #1 Republic Square Yerevan, Armenia Tel: (374 10) 56-53-83 or 52-68-31

Embassy of the Republic of Armenia

2225 R Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008, USA Tel: (202) 319-1976 Fax: (202) 319-2982 Email: Internet: Embassy of the Republic of Armenia

Armenian Consulate General

50 North La Cienega Boulevard, Suite 210 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Tel: (310) 657-7320 Email:

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 E-mail: Office of Children's Issues

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)


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