Adopting from Norway

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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.

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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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

Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. To learn more please read About Norway.

Hague Convention Information

Norway is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Norway and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. To learn more please read about Norway and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

Adoption between the United States and Norway is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Norway, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Norway.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Norway is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Norway must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Norway attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. In addition to Norway's requirements, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee for you to bring him or her back to the United States.

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

Adoption Authority in Norway:

The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs Ministry of Children and Equality

The Process

Because Norway is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Norway must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention's requirements. A 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: The information provided is intended primarily to assist in rare adoption cases from Norway, including adoptions of Norwegian children by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by Americans living in Norway.

  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 Norway
  6. Bring your Child Home

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

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Norway. 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 Norway.

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

Adoption Services Support Group for Adopting Persons

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Norway

Henrik Ibsens Gate 48 0244 Oslo Tel: 47/2244-8550 Fax: 47/2256-2751 Internet: U.S. Embassy Norway

Norway's Adoption Authority

The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs Ministry of Children and Equality Barne- ungdoms- og familiedirektoratet Postboks 8113 Dep Universitetsgata 7, 0032 Oslo Tel: 47/2404-4000 Fax: 47/2404-4001 Email: Internet: Norway Adoption Authority

Royal Norwegian Embassy

2720 34th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20008 Tel: 202/333-6000 Fax: 202/337-0870 Email: Internet: Royal Norwegian Embassy

Norway has Consulates General in New York, Houston, San Francisco and Minneapolis. See

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: Internet: 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