Adopting from Uzbekistan
Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.
Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land degraded and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. To learn more please read About Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan Adoption Alert
There have been multiple adoption alerts for Uzbekistan in the past. To learn more please read the Uzbekistan Adoption Alert page.
Hague Convention Information
Uzbekistan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). To learn more please read about Uzbekistan and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet multiple requirements in order to adopt a child from Uzbekistan. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Uzbekistan.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Uzbekistan has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Uzbekistan.
How to Adopt
Uzbek Adoption Authority
Uzbek Regional and City Courts and the Department for Social Support and Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Public Education (Education Ministry)
The process for adopting a child from Uzbekistan generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an adoption service provider
- Apply to the court
- Obtain court determination letter
- Be matched with the child and obtain conclusion letter
- Adopt (or obtain custody of) the child in Uzbekistan
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
- Bring your child home
To learn more about this process please read about How to Adopt from Uzbekistan.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Uzbekistan. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Uzbekistan.
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
Adoption Services Support Group for Adopting Persons
U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan
U.S. Embassy, Tashkent Moyqorghon street, 5thBlock, Yunusobod District Tashkent-700093 Uzbekistan Phone:(998)(71)120-5450 Fax:(998)(71)120-5448 Internet: U.S. Embassy Uzbekistan Immigrant Visa Unit E-mail: TashkentIV@state.gov
Ministry of Justice
5, Sayilgoh Street, Yunusabad District, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 100047 Phone: +998-71-233-13-05
Uzbekistan's Guardianship and Trusteeship Body
Ministry of Public Education Department of Social Support and Rehabilitation 5, Independence Square Tashkent, Uzbekistan 100021 Phone: +99871-239-1735 Fax: +99871-239-4214 Internet: Uzbekistan Guardianship and Trusteeship Body
Embassy of Uzbekistan
Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan 1746 MassachusettsAve., NW Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-887-5300 Fax: 202--293-6804 Email: email@example.com Internet: Embassy of Uzbekistan
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