Adopting from Belgium
Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.
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Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. To learn more, read About Belgium.
Hague Convention Information
Belgium 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 Belgium and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. To learn more, read about Belgium and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
To learn more, read about Who Can Adopt from Belgium.
Who Can Be Adopted
Because Belgium is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Belgium must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. Read more about Who Can Be Adopted from Belgium.
For example, the Convention requires that Belgium attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. In addition to Belgium'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
Read about How to Adopt from Belgium.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Belgium. 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 Belgium.
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.
U.S. Embassy in Belgium
Boulevard du Regent 25 1000 Brussels tel.: (02) 508-2537 fax: (02) 513- 0409 E-mail: email@example.com Telephone: +358-9-616-25730
Belgium's Adoption Authority (ies)
Residents of the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium should contact:
Kind en Gezin Hallepoortlaan 27 1060 Brussels tel.: (02) 533 1476 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of the French-speaking part of Belgium should contact:
Autorité Communautaire pour l'Adoption Internationale (ACAI) Boulevard Leopold II, 44, 1080 Brussels tel.: (02) 413 2726.
Residents of the German-speaking community should contact:
Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Zentrale Behörde der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft für Adoptionen Gospertstrasse 1 B-4700 Eupen Fax.: +32 (87) 55 64 74 Tel.: + 32 (87) 59 63 46
Embassy of Belgium
3330 Garfield Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 tel.: (202) 333-6900 Fax (202) 333-5457 E-mail: email@example.com
Belgium also has Consulates in Atlanta, 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: AskCI@state.gov Internet: 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 adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=belgium