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Revision as of 23:03, 28 March 2014

The official flag of Macedonia.

Map of Macedonia.

Map of Macedonia.

{{#eimage|410x579px|thumb|Širok Sokak Street in Bitola, Macedonia.

Hague Convention Information

The Republic of Macedonia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Macedonia.

Adoptions from Macedonia are rare. No adoptions by U.S. citizen parents have taken place since 2007.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Macedonia. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Macedonia should contact the Central Authority of Macedonia to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Macedonia who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Macedonia’s Central Authority. See contact information below.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on traveling to Macedonia and the U.S. Embassy in Skopje’s website for information on consular services.

Intercountry adoptions involve U.S. consular officers sending a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to the Macedonian Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Macedonia where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Macedonian Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

WARNING: Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Macedonia before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any adoption case.

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

Who Can Adopt


Age of Adopting Parents




Who Can Be Adopted

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

The Process

Traveling Abroad

After Adoption


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information