Adopting from Mongolia

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The official flag.



A young girl on the plains.

A ger in front of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains.


Mongolian nomad children.

Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan, Ulan Bato.


Buryat boy Bato-Tsyren during shamanic rite Shandruu



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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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

The Mongols gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAAN they established a huge Eurasian empire through conquest. After his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states, but these broke apart in the 14th century. The Mongols eventually retired to their original steppe homelands and in the late 17th century came under Chinese rule. Mongolia won its independence in 1921 with Soviet backing and a communist regime was installed in 1924. To learn more please read About Mongolia.

Hague Convention Information

WARNING:ngolia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention. Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Mongolia before a U.S. consular officer issues an "Article 5 Letter." See the "How to Adopt" section for more information.

Mongolia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). To learn more please read about Mongolia and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

Intercountry adoptions between the United States and Mongolia are governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Mongolia.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Mongolia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Mongolia must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption by U.S. prospective adoptive parents. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Mongolia.

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

Mongolia's Adoption Authority

Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor of Mongolia (MSWL) and the Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens

Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor of Mongolia (MSWL)

Mailing Address: United Nations Street 5, UB-46, Government Building No 2 Tel: 976-11-267635; Fax: 976-11-327635; Fax: 976-11-328634 Internet: MSWL

Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens, Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs

Mailing Address: Chinggis Avenue 11, Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar 210628 Tel: 976-7011-9588; Tel: 1882; Fax: 976-11-313259 Internet: of Immigration

The Process

Because Mongolia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Mongolia must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention's requirements. brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.

NOTE: If you filed your I-600a with Mongolia before April 1, 2008, the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption. Your adoption could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions. Learn more .

  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States
  5. Adopt the Child in Mongolia
  6. Bring your Child Home

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

Traveling Abroad

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Mongolia. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Mongolia.

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:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

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 Mongolia

11 Micro District Big Ring Road, POB 1021 Ulaanbaatar-13, Mongolia Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy in Mongolia

Mongolia's Adoption Authority

Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor of Mongolia (MSWL) United Nations Street 5 UB-46 Government Building No 2 Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor Tel: 976-11-267635 Fax: 976-11-327635 Email: Internet: Mongolia's Adoption Authority

Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens, Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs

Chinggis Avenue 11 Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar 210628 Ms. Purevee Bolormaa Tel: 976-11-319588; 976-11-315323 Fax: 976-11-313259 Email:

Embassy of Mongolia

2833 M Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20007 Email: Internet: Embassy of Mongolia

Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations in New York

6 East 77th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021 Email: Internet: Permanent Mission of Mongolia

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: or Adoption Website: U.S. Department of State

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