Adopting from Bhutan

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The Dzong in the Paro Valley, built in 1646.

View of Tashichho Dzong, seat of the Bhutanese government since 1952.

Bhutanese refugees of ethnic Nepalese descent.

Bhutanese people in national dress at the Wangdi Phodrang Festival.

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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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

In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. Read more About Bhutan.

Hague Convention Information

Bhutan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Bhutan did not change.

Effective January 1, 2012, the Government of Bhutan temporarily suspended all intercountry adoptions pending approval of the Child Protection Act of 2012. The Child Protection Act will clarify adoption procedures and help ensure the best interests of the child. No timeline has been provided as to when the adoption bill will be passed. Please monitor the for additional developments.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in New Delhi

American Embassy Shantipath, Chanakya Puri New Delhi – 110 021 INDIA Telephone number: 091-011-24198000 or 24198062 (this number is answered from 10AM to 12 Noon IST) Fax number: 091-011-24198407 Email address: – For American Citizens Services – For Immigrant Visa Unit Website: U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Bhutan's Adoption Authority

The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) Post Box 556 Thimpu, BHUTAN Tel: 00975-2-334549/334550 Contacts: Rinchen Chopel, Executive Director E-mail: Pema Galmo, Assistant Program Officer E-mail:

Consulate of Bhutan

Bhutan Consulate General 2 U.N. Plaza, 27th Floor New York, NY 10017 Telephone: (212) 826-1919 Fax: (212) 826-2998

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: 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