Serbia

March 29, 2013

Alert: Serbia Adoption

U.S. Embassy Belgrade has received reports that one or more U.S. adoption agencies may be giving prospective adoptive parents misleading information about the process of adoption in Serbia.  

Serbia places a priority on domestic adoption.  The only children who are generally available for intercountry adoption are children with special needs.  There are no adoption agencies authorized to offer adoption services in Serbia, and families should not seek to work with an intermediary.  You are strongly encouraged to read the Serbia adoption country information, which outlines the only way to adopt children from Serbia.

There is no legal alternative to the Serbian adoption process outlined in this adoption country information page on Serbia.  If you have received contradictory or misleading information from a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider, you can register a complaint with the Hague Complaint Registry (HCR), which is administered by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

To report such activity by a non-accredited or approved agency, you may contact the licensing authority of the state where the agency is located.  You can also contact the Office of Children’s Issues via email to AdoptionUSCA@state.gov  and have your complaint recorded.