Legislation and Central Authority
Greece ratified the Hague Convention on Protection and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption on 2 september 2009 and it became effective on 01 January 2010.
The functions of the Central Authority under the Hague Convention are entrusted to the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity and to agencies and organizations, specialized in the field of intercounrty adoptions.
The intercountry adoption in Greece as a consequence of an adoption decree, that has become effective in a foreign country – party to the Convention is regognized if the following conditions are met:
a) A certificate by the Central Authorty is received, stating that the adoption was realized according the Convention
b) The adoption is in the best interest of the child