Who Can Be Adopted from Thailand

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Because Thailand is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Thailand must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Thailand have determined that placement of the child within Thailand has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests. In addition to Thailand’s requirements, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee to be eligible for an immigrant visa that will allow you to bring him or her to the United States.


Relinquishment: One or both biological parents must relinquish parental rights of the child in writing.

Abandonment: The DSDW must attempt to locate the biological parent(s) and must report on their attempts and the result.

Age of Adoptive Child: Children must be at least 15 years younger than the PAPs. The DSDW advises that it is rare that a child under the age of one is available for intercountry adoption.

Sibling Adoptions: There are no specific requirements or exceptions when adopting siblings. It is possible to adopt siblings together or separately.

Special Needs or Medical Conditions: None specified.

Waiting Period or Foster Care: If PAPs seek to adopt from one of the four non-governmental organizations that Thailand has licensed to work with the Thai central adoption authority, the Child Adoption Center within the DSDW, the PAPs may be required to complete a six (6) month pre-adoptive placement. This pre-adoptive placement may be completed in Thailand or in the country of residence. The DSDW may waive this requirement when adopting a relative child.

Other: It is not possible to apply to adopt more than one Thai child at a time, unless the children are siblings or step-siblings.

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