The United States and Armenia are both signatories to the Hague Convention of Adoption. In accordance with the Convention, only adoption service providers that have been accredited on a Federal level may offer certain key adoption services for Convention adoptions. When adopting a child from a Convention country, prospective adoptive parents know that their agency has been evaluated by one of the Department of State’s designated Accrediting Entities. These Accredited Entities evaluate agencies using uniform standards that work to ensure professional and ethical practices. For more information on the Hague Convention, please see http://adoption.state.gov/hague/overview.html.
Due to certain laws and regulations, the Consular Section cannot recommend any one adoption service provider. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any adoption service provider, agency or facilitator they plan to use for adoption services. For U.S.-based agencies, it is suggested that prospective adoptive parents contact the Better Business Bureau and/or the licensing authority in the U.S. state where the agency is located or licensed. Please also see "Working with an Agency" at the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs web site http://adoption.state.gov.
The U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Adoption is the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues in Washington, DC. The Central Authority, in accordance with the Hague Convention, monitors and tracks complaints against adoption facilitators through the Hague Complaint Registry at http://adoptionusca.state.gov/HCRWeb/WelcomeForm.aspx. Persons wishing to register concerns about Adoption Service Providers are encouraged to do so at the above address. These concerns then will be investigated in accordance with the Convention.
For further information on adopting in Armenia, please visit Armenia’s country information page at http://adoption.state.gov/country/armenia.html.
U.S. citizens coming to Armenia to finalize their child’s adoption are encouraged to email the Immigrant Visa Unit at IVYerevan@state.gov to schedule their visa application filing and interview. Generally, visa application filings are scheduled on Monday-Friday from 1400 – 1700 with the interview following the next day. The local facilitator and child should accompany the adopting parent(s) to the interview. Usually, but not in all cases, the adopted child’s visa can be issued the same day as the interview. Adoptive parents are advised, however, not to make travel plans for the day immediately following their visa interview, as unexpected delays in visa issuances may occur due to technical problems, or when there is a question whether the adopted child fully meets the definition of orphan according to U.S. laws.