United States of America

Legislation and Central Authority

USA ratified the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercounry Adoptions and it eneterd into force on 1 April 2008.

By ratifying the Hague Convention and the adoption of the Intercountry Adoptions Act, the U.S. Department of State has been designated as the United States Central Authority for the Hague Convention and the powers and responsibilities of various government agencies have been defined.

  • The Office of Children’s Issues at the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, actively engages in the operative issues in the intercountry adoption process;
  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) at the US Homeland Security is responsible for many stages in the intercountry adoption process, related to the immigration of the children adopted abroad in the USA. USCIS is also the authority that issues the adoption approval;
  • Other government institutions also can perform part of the functions of the Central Authority, especially in the cases of adoption of child under the Hague Convention who immigrates in a different country.

Functions of the Central Authority

In the adoption process, officials from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Homeland Security and representatives of agencies, accredited to intermediate in the intercountry adoption process, communicate with the Bulgrian Central Authority in relation to the different phases of the adoption process.

Recogizing of the adoption

According the legislation of the USA, the child adopted abroad automatically acquires U.S. citizenship on the date they immigrate to the United States.


Foreign partners

Tree of Life Adoption Center • All God`s Children International • Bethany Christian Servicies • Gladney Center of Adoption • MLJ Adoptions •  Lutherans Social Servicies • Lifelink International Inc.• WACAP•European Adoption Consultants• Children`s Hope• Heartsent Adoptions Inc


Model table of the Hague Conference on private international law for the costs associated with international adoption


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