Adopting from Maldives

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The official flag.


White sandy beaches.

Colorful skyline of Male.

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 Maldives

A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, the president and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. To learn more please read About Maldives.

Hague Convention Information

The Republic of the Maldives (Maldives) 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). To learn more please read about Maldives and the Hague Convention.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka

210, Galle Road Colombo 03, Sri Lanka Tel: +94-1-2498500 Fax: +94-1-2437345 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy Sri Lanka

The Republic of the Maldives Adoption Authority

Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights Huravee Building, 1st Floor Male, Maldives Tel: +9603013008 Fax: 9603013018 Email:

Embassy of Sri Lanka in the United States

Embassy of Sri Lanka 2148 Wyoming Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 Tel: (202) 483-4026/ 28 Fax: (202) 232-7181 Email: Internet: Embassy of Sri Lanka


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