Adopting from Eritrea

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The official flag.



The Eritrean highlands.

A traditional Eritrean wedding day.

Sheikh Hanafi Mosque.

Panorama of Asmara at night.

The official coat of arms.

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 Eritrea

After independence from Italian colonial control in 1941 and 10 years of British administrative control, the UN established Eritrea as an autonomous region within the Ethiopian federation in 1952. Ethiopia's full annexation of Eritrea as a province 10 years later sparked a violent 30-year struggle for independence that ended in 1991 with Eritrean rebels defeating government forces. To learn more please read About Eritrea.

Hague Convention Information

Eritrea is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). To learn more please read Eritrea and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet multiple requirements in order to adopt a child from Eritrea. To learn more please read Who Can Adopt from Eritrea.

Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Eritrea has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read Who Can Be Adopted in Eritrea.

How to Adopt

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Eritrea generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an adoption service provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. Adopt [or obtain custody of] the child in Eritrea
  5. Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
  6. Bring your child home

To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Eritrea.

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. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Eritrea.

After Adoption

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:

Adoption Services Support Groups for Adopting Persons

North 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 Eritrea

179 Alaa Street P.O. Box 211 Asmara, Eritrea Tel: (291)(1) 12-00-04 Fax: (291)(1) 12-75-84 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy Eritrea

Eritrea’s Adoption Authority

Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare P. O. Box 5252 Asmara, Eritrea Tel: (291) 1-151846

Embassy of Eritrea

1708 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Tel: (202) 319-1991 Fax: (202) 319-1304 Email: Internet: Embassy of Eritrea

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: Internet: U.S. Department of State


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