Adopting from Bangladesh

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Ancient Somapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rice cultivation.

The Festival of the Sacred Bath.

Curzon Hall.

Rural school children.

Cox's Market.

Bangladeshi women.

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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 Bangladesh

Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. To learn more, read About Bangladesh.

Hague Convention Information

Bangladesh 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 [ ], Section 101(b)(1)(F). To learn more, read about Bangladesh and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

Read about Who Can Adopt from Bangladesh

Who Can Be Adopted

In order to qualify for U.S. immigration, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law. Bangladesh does not have any specific provisions of law related to guardianship of siblings or guardianship of special needs children. To learn more, read about Who Can Be Adopted from Bangladesh.

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

Bangladesh’s Adoption Authority

There is no independent central government adoption authority in Bangladesh. The Family Court has sole jurisdiction over family matters. Continue reading to learn more about How to Adopt from Bangladesh.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Read more about Traveling Abroad in Bangladesh.

After Adoption

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Adoption Services Support Groups for Adopting Persons

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

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh

Madani Avenue, Baridhara Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh Tel: +880 2 885-5500 Fax: +880 2 882-3744 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh

Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

3510, International Drive, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 Tel: (202) 244-0183, (202) 244-7830 Fax: (202) 244-5366 Internet: Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh also has consulates in New York and Los Angeles.

Office of Children’s Issues

U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI, SA-17A, 9th Floor Washington, D.C. 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: Internet: U.S. Department of State

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

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