Who Can Be Adopted from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visegrad Bridge by Klackalica.

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Bosnia and Herzegovina has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption:

Relinquishment: For adoption, the approval of both or one parent, if there is only one parent, is required. The parent(s) must state specifically whether he/she agrees to full or partial adoption. (Please see the top of this country information sheet for information on full and partial adoptions.)

Abandonment: A child whose parents are unknown may be adopted only after 3 months have passed since his/her abandonment.

Age of Adoptive Child: A child less than three months old cannot be adopted. A child of parents who are minors cannot be adopted under the age of one and may only be adopted after he/she reaches the age of one if there are no family members who may be able to raise the child. Only a child up to the age of 10 can be adopted fully. A child up to the age of 18 can be adopted partially. Children older than age 10 must give their approval for the adoption.

Sibling Adoptions: If possible, the centers for social work will facilitate sibling adoptions.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, with the intention of returning for the child when they are able to do so. In such cases, the birth parent(s) rarely would have relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

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