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International Adoption


International Adoption

For general information please consult the following link of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (text only in Italian)

International adoptions are governed by Law 183/84 as amended by Law 476/98 “ratifying and implementing The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption” signed at The Hague on 29 May 1993 and Law 149 of 2001. 
The primary purpose of the treaty is to establish safeguards to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights as recognized in international law, and to establish a system of co-operation amongst Contracting States to ensure that those safeguards are respected and thereby prevent the abduction, the sale of, or traffic in children. 

Contracting States at present are the following: 

Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru,  Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela. 

For all information regarding procedures for the  adoption of a foreign minor child please consult the website of the Commission for Intercountry Adoptions:

The Italian Authority governing this matter:
 Commissione per le Adozioni Internazionali
Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri
Via Barberini, 38 – 00187 Roma
Tel: 06/42153252 – 06/42153253
 Fax: 06/42153250  

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