Croatia

March 7, 2014

Notice: Authorization of Adoption Service Providers in Croatia

The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb has received reports that prospective adoptive parents are receiving misleading information about which children are eligible for intercountry adoption and who is authorized to provide adoption services in Croatia from individuals representing themselves as authorized service providers. The Ministry of Social Policy and Youth (Ministry), which is the Croatian Central Authority has confirmed that it has not authorized any adoption service providers to provide intercountry adoption services in Croatia.

U.S. prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers are reminded that adoption services in Croatia can only be completed through direct contact with the Ministry.  Please note that all questions about the applicable laws and procedures for intercountry adoptions from Croatia should be directed to the Ministry.

Contact information for the Ministry is listed below:

The Ministry of Social Policy and Youth
Savska cesta 66,
10 000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel:  +385 1 555 7111
Internet:  mspm.hr/

The Department of State will provide updated information on adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.  If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or 202-501-4444 from outside the United States.  Email inquiries may be directed to AskCI@state.gov.