Adopting from Montenegro

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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 Montenegro

The use of the name Crna Gora or Black Mountain (Montenegro) began in the 13th century in reference to a highland region in the Serbian province of Zeta. The later medieval state of Zeta maintained its existence until 1496 when Montenegro finally fell under Ottoman rule. Over subsequent centuries Montenegro managed to maintain a level of autonomy within the Ottoman Empire. From the 16th to 19th centuries, Montenegro was a theocracy ruled by a series of bishop princes; in 1852, it transformed into a secular principality. To learn more please read About Montenegro.

Montenegro Adoption Alert

There have been multiple adoption alerts for Montenegro over the years. To learn more please read the Montenegro Adoption Alert page.

Hague Convention Information

Montenegro acceded to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention) on March 9, 2012. The Hague Adoption Convention will enter into force in Montenegro on July 1, 2012, at which time all new intercountry adoptions must be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the applicable legal requirementsof Montenegro. To learn more please read about Montenegro and the Hague Convention.

Contact Information


Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare Department of Social Welfare and Child Protection Mr. Remzija Ademović – Acting Deputy Minister Address: Rimski trg 46 81000 Podgoica Montenegro Tel: +382 (0)20 482 447; 234 254 E-mail: Fax: +382 (0) 20 234 256


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