Comoros and the Hague Convention


Comoros 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).

Adoption is illegal under the laws and Constitution of Comoros. Comoran law recognizes a "Delegation de l'autorite parental", which delegates parental authority to someone other than the child's parent, but this is only available to Comoran citizens. While Comoran citizens can use this process to emigrate a child from Comoros, Comoran law forbids them to adopt the child after leaving Comoros. The Embassy is not aware of any mechanism in Comoran law that would allow non-Comoran citizens to assume guardianship of a child for the purpose of taking him/her to the another country to conclude a full and final adoption. Thus, there appears to be no legal mechanism for a Comoran child to qualify for an immigrant visa as an adopted child or a child to be adopted internationally.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Comoros and the U.S. Embassy Antananarivo’s website for information on consular services.

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