Who Can Adopt from Mongolia

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Intercountry adoptions between the United States and Mongolia are governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Mongolia, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) an agency of the Department of Homeland Security's. Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Mongolia also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

The Mongolian embassy in Washington, D.C., has a web page devoted to the eligibility requirements for adopting Mongolian children. American citizens considering adopting from Mongolia should visit the Embassy of Mangolia website.


There are no residency requirements for prospective adoptive parents who apply through agencies authorized by the Mongolian Government.

Age of Adopting Parents

Prospective adoptive parents may be no more than 60 years of age.


There are no marriage requirements for intercountry adoptions.


A certification on the living and financial ability of the applicant by the relevant authority of a respective state.


1. A medical certification regarding whether adopter has tuberculoses, AIDS, or mental disease
2. A certification regarding the place of permanent residence of the applicant by the relevant authority/ including the certification by a police authority.
3. Anyone who meets the criteria below is prohibited from adopting in Mongolia. Individuals who have had their parental rights restricted, curtailed are prohibited from adopting in Mongolia.
4. Anyone who has returned an adopted child because his/her own fault.
5. Anyone who has been declared by a court decision as not having a full civil law capacity or has a restricted capacity.
6. Anyone who has tuberculoses or mental disease.
7. Anyone who habitually consumes alcoholic drinks or narcotic substances.
8. Anyone who has several criminal records or is currently imprisoned.

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