Adopting from Norway
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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
The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs Ministry of Children and Equality
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.
- Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider
- Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
- Be Matched with a Child
- Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States
- Adopt the Child in Norway
- Bring your Child Home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Norway.
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.
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:
U.S. Embassy in Norway
Henrik Ibsens Gate 48 0244 Oslo Tel: 47/2244-8550 Fax: 47/2256-2751 firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: U.S. Embassy Norway
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: email@example.com Internet: Norway Adoption Authority
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Office of Children's Issues
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 adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=norway