Adopting from Austria

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Notice: As of J uly 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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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 Austria

Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. To learn more, read About Austria.

Hague Convention Information

Austria 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 Austria and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. To learn more, read about Austria and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

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

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Austria is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Austria must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Austria attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. For more information, read about Who Can Be Adopted from Austria.

How to Adopt

The Bundesministerium für Justiz (Federal Ministry of Justice) in Vienna is the federal Central Authority for adoption in Austria. However, the local adoption authorities in the various provinces are responsible for setting and administering adoption policies and procedures. See Contact Information for the provincial adoption authorities in the nine provinces, including the City of Vienna. For more information, read about How to Adopt from Austria.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Austria. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. To learn more, read about Traveling Abroad in Austria.

After Adoption

What does Austria require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

Post-adoption services are provided by the youth welfare authorities. If requested by states of origin post-adoption reports can be made a social worker or by a private organisation entrusted to do so by the competent youth welfare authority.

We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of the country of origin and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country's history of positive experiences with American parents.

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

NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Austria

Address: Boltzmanngasse 16 A-1090 Vienna Tel.: (+43-1) 31339-0 Fax: (+43-1) 310 06 82 E-mail: Internet: U.S. Embassy Austria

Austria's Adoption Authority

For the Federal Government:

Bundesministerium für Justiz (Federal Ministry of Justice) Abteilung I 10 Postfach 63 1016 WIEN Telephone number: +43 (1) 52152 2731 telefax number: +43 (1) 52152 2829 e-mail:

For the State of Burgenland:’’

Burgenländische Landesregierung Abteilung 6 - Soziales Landhaus Europaplatz 1 7001 EISENSTADT Telephone number: +43 (2682) 600 2330 or 600 2325 telefax number: +43 (2682) 600 2865 E-mail:

For the State of Carynthia:

Kärntner Landesregierung Abteilung 13 - Soziales, Jugend, Familie und Frau Völkermarkt Ring 31 9021 KLAGENFURT Telephone number: +43 (463) 5363 1301 telefax number: +43 (463) 5364 1300 e-mail:

For the State of Lower Austria:

Niederösterreichische Landesregierung Abteilung GS 6 Landhausplatz 1, Haus 14 3109 ST. PÖLTEN Telephone number: +43 (2742) 9005 16371 or 16412 telefax number: +43 (2742) 9005 16120 e-mail:

For the State of Upper Austria:

Land Oberösterreich Abteilung Jugendwohlfahrt Bahnhofsplatz 1 4020 LINZ Telephone number: +43 (732) 7720 15214 or 14962 telefax number: +43 (732) 7720 15328 e-mail:

For the State of Salzburg:

Salzburger Landesregierung Abteilung 3 - Soziales Fanny-von-Lehnert-Strasse 1 Postfach 527 5010 SALZBURG Telephone number: +43 (662) 8042 3578 telefax number: +43 (662) 8042 3883 e-mail:

For the State of Styria:

Steiermärkische Landesregierung Referat Jugendwohlfahrt Körblergasse 110 8010 GRAZ Telephone number: +43 (316) 877 3090 telefax number: +43 (316) 877 5457 e-mail:

For the State of Tyrol:

Tiroler Landesregierung Abteilung Jugendwohlfahrt Wilhelm Greil Strasse 25 6020 INNSBRUCK Telephone number: +43 (512) 508 2642 telefax number: +43 (512) 508 2645 e-mail:

For the State of Vorarlberg:

Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung Abteilung Gesellschaft und Soziales - IVa Landhaus 6901 BREGENZ Telephone number: +43 (5574) 5112 4119 telefax number: +43 (5574) 5112 4195 e-mail:

For the State of Vienna:

Wiener Landesregierung Magistratsabteilung 11 Referat für Adoptiv- und Pflegekinder - Dezernat II Lustkandlgasse 50 1090 WIEN Telephone number: +43 (1) 4000 90770 telefax number: +43 (1) 4000 99 90770 e-mail:

Embassy of Austria

Austrian Embassy Address: 3524 International Court, Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-895-6711 Fax: 202-895-6773 Internet: Austrian Embassy

Austria also has consulates in: Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

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: 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