Adoption process in Romania

HAGUE CONVENTION INFORMATION

Romania is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, adoptions between Romaniaand the United States are governed by the requirements of the Convention and the laws and regulations implementing the Convention in both the United States and Romania.  The amended Romanian adoption law went into effect on April 7, 2012.  The new law allows for intercountry adoptions of Romanian children by relatives up to the fourth degree of kinship (up to first cousins) and Romanian citizens who are habitually resident abroad.  Romania also considers an adoption by the spouse of the child’s birth parent an intercountry adoption and may not permit U.S. citizen step-parents to complete a domestic adoption in Romania. However, under U.S. law, a step-parent adoption (which does not terminate the existing parent-child relationship with both birth parents) is not an intercountry adoption subject to the Convention, and the Convention process does not apply.  Instead the child might qualify as a “step-child” under U.S. immigration law. For more information on how to file an immigrant visa petition for a step-child, please visit uscis.gov.

Under the new law, prospective adoptive parents are required to finalize their adoption in Romania (Full article at http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/learn-about-a-country/romania.html )

WARNING:  The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to the Romanian Office for Adoptions in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Romania 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 Romanian Office for Adoptions 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 the adoption may proceed.

Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Romania 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.

THE PROCESS:  
Because Romania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Romania must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements.  A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below.  You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.  Adoptions completed out of order may result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

1.  Choose a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider.
2.  Apply to USCIS to be found eligible to adopt.
3.  Be matched with a child by authorities in Romania.
4.  Apply to USCIS for the child to be found eligible for immigration to the United States and receive U.S. agreement to proceed with the adoption.
5.  Adopt a child in Romania.
6.  Obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for your child and bring your child home.

Contact Information

Embassy of the United States of America
4-6, Dr. Liviu Librescu Blvd.
District 1, Bucharest
015118 Romania
Tel: (+40) 21 200-3300
Fax: (+40) 21 200-3442
Main Embassy website

Consulate of the United States of America
4-6, Dr. Liviu Librescu Blvd.
District 1, Bucharest
015118 Romania
Tel: (+40) 21 270-6000
Fax: (+40) 21 200-3505
E-mail Visas:  VisasBucharest@state.gov
E-mail American Citizens:  acsbucharest@state.gov
Consular Section
Romanian Adoption Authority
National Authority for the Protection of the Child’s Rights (Autoritatea Nationala pentru Protectia Drepturilor Copilului si Adoptie) Minitry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and Elderly Persons (Ministerul Muncii, Familiei, Protectiei Sociale si Persoanelor Varstnice) Bd. Gral. Ghe. Magheru nr. 7 Sector 1
Bucharest 010322
Romania
Tel: +40213100789; Fax: +40213127474
Internet:  www.copii.ro
Contact person: Andreea Dinica,
Embassy of Romania
1607 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202-332-4846, 4848, 4851, 4852, 2879; 202-232-4747
Fax: 202-232-4748
Note:  Romania also has consulates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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
Email:  AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
Internet:  adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet:  uscis.gov
For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email:  NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Notice: Agency Authorization Required by Romanian Law

The Romanian Office for Adoptions (the Office) reported to the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest that it will allow private non-profit organizations accredited in the foreign receiving country to transmit documents in intercountry adoption procedures provided that they are also authorized by the Office. U.S. accredited agencies that would like to work on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents adopting children from Romania should submit a request for authorization to the Office with the following documents…(please see full details at http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/alerts-and-notices/romania-2.html 

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President Obama on International Women’s Day

08 March 2015
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Washington, D.C. March 8, 2015
Statement of President Barack Obama Commemorating International Women’s Day
As half the planet, women make immeasurable contributions to our world. They are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – the list is endless. Without them, economies would collapse, political systems would deteriorate, and families and communities would fall apart. Yet in too many places, women are treated as second-class citizens. Their abilities are undervalued. And their human rights – the right to learn, to express themselves, to live free from violence, to choose whether and whom to marry – are routinely violated. This gap between women’s inherent value and how many of them are treated every day is one of the great injustices of our time. On this International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to closing that gap. That means supporting girls’ education. Right now, 62 million girls worldwide who should be in school aren’t. Millions more are at risk of losing their access to education. This week, Michelle and I announced an initiative called “Let Girls Learn,” to help dismantle the barriers – economic, political and cultural – that stand in the way of girls who want to learn. I’m convinced that a world in which women and girls are treated as equal to men and boys is safer, more stable, and more prosperous. Beyond those tangible benefits, this is simply a matter of right and wrong. Women and girls are human beings, full and equal in rights and dignity. They deserve to be treated that way, everywhere, every day. My Administration will continue working to make that vision a reality.
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