United States of America - Central Authority (Arts 6 and 14)

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State’s (Department) functions include all Central Authority functions under the Convention except as provided below. Within the Department, the Office of Children’s Issues, part of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, serves as the primary contact on issues related to the Convention:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Children's Issues
600 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20522-0001

T: +1 (888) 407-4747 (from the U.S. or Canada)
T: +1 (202) 501-4444 (outside the U.S. or Canada)

E-mail: adoption@state.gov
Website: www.adoption.state.gov

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security, is the U.S. entity responsible for accepting applications to adopt pursuant to Article 14:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Chief, Children’s Issues
20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20529

T: +1 (202) 272-1663
E-mail: nbc.adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov
Website: www.uscis.gov

U.S. accredited agencies, temporarily accredited agencies, and approved persons will generally perform the case-specific Central Authority duties set forth in Articles 15 through 21, in accordance with Article 22 of the Convention, with the exception of agreement under Article 17(c) that the adoption may proceed, which must be performed by the Department of State in cases in which the United States is a receiving country.

Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) 
5950 NW 1st Place, Suite A 
Gainesville, FL 32607 

T: +1 (888) 241-6930 
F: +1 (888) 316-1704 

E-mail: contact@iaame.net
Website: www.iaame.net

(This page was last updated on 23 August 2018)

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