Adoption Agencies and Information for Hungary
Hungarian law does not specify an age limit for adoptive parents, but Hungarian authorities require that one of the adoptive parents be under age 45. Hungarian law permits single people to adopt; however, Hungarian authorities may deny an adoption based on the strongly held opinion that a child be raised in by a married couple in a traditional family.
There are no officially accredited international adoption agencies
in Hungary. However, there are U.S. adoption agencies registered with the Ministry
of Youth, Family and Social Affairs. Local authorities prefer to work with the
registered and known agencies. Prospective adoptive parents must work directly
with the Child and Youth Protection Institute (GYIVI) in the Hungarian county
where the child is residing.
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2741 34th Street, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel : 202-337-3500
Recent U.S. immigrant visa statistics reflect the following pattern for visa issuance to Hungarian orphans:
Fiscal Year Number of Immigrant Visas Issued
FY 2005 6
FY 2004 8
FY 2003 16
FY 2002 21
FY 2001 13
ADOPTION AUTHORITY IN HUNGARY:
Ministry for Youth, Family and Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunity; Department of Family and Guardianship Matters (Ifjusági, Családügyi, Szociális és Esélyegyenloségi Minisztérium, Családjogi és Gyámügyi Osztály)
Address: 1054 Budapest, Akademia u. 3.
Phone: (36-1) 475-5788 or (36-1) 475-7983
HUNGARY EMBASSY AND CONSULATES IN THE UNITED STATES:
Embassy of Hungary
3910 Shoemaker Street, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone (202) 362-6730
For more information about adoption from this country and about adoption agencies that can assist you, please visit the websites below. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any of the adoption agencies they plan to use for adoption services.
Hungary: Additional Adoption Agencies and Contact Information
U.S. Department of State: Hungary Adoption and Adoption Agencies
The U.S. Department of State: Authentications Office
Child Citizenship Act of 2000
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Foreign travel registration
*Footnote: The Joint Council for International Children’s Services (JCICS) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations of licensed non-profit international adoption agencies. All of the above adoption agencies are listed as members of JCICS.
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