Adoption Agencies and Information for Nepal
U.S. citizens wishing to adopt a child in Nepal must meet both U.S. requirements and the requirements set by the Nepalese government. Procedures for foreign adoptions in Nepal are unpredictable and the Nepalese government requirements are not enforced uniformly. The Nepalese government frequently changes requirements with little notice. Due to the high levels of visa fraud in Nepal, fabricated documents or real documents fraudulently obtained are readily available. As a result, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu must carefully investigate all orphan visa cases to determine whether the child meets the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law.
The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (WCS) is the Nepalese Government office responsible for adoptions in Nepal. Officially, the Ministry has recognized the Nepal Children’s Organization (NCO), also known as Bal Mandir, to process adoptions, although adoptions through other orphanages are possible.
Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
Tel: 977-1-424-1465, 977-1-424-1728
The Nepal Embassy in Washington, DC
2131 Leroy Place, N. W.
Washington, DC 20008
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.
Nepal: Additional Adoption Agencies and Contact Information
Adopt International and Domestic Services
Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency
Faith International Adoptions
The U.S. Department of State: Nepal Adoption and Adoption Agencies
The U.S. Department of State: Authentications Office
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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