Last Updated: April 2014

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Qatar is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Adoption is not permitted in Qatar, which follows Muslim “Shari’a” law. Only Qatari citizens may obtain legal guardianship of a child, which is not the same as adoption. The child cannot inherit family property or assume a Qatari citizen’s family or tribal name based on a legal guardianship. Legal guardianship is limited to situations where:  the parents are unknown; or the child has been abandoned; or the mother is known, but incapable of supporting the child and willing to relinquish parental rights and the father is unknown. The legal proceedings for legal guardianship are completed by the Family Court of Qatar. The law extends to third-country national children who are considered Qatari citizens. As such, the State of Qatar will not allow for the relocation of the child to another country.

U.S. citizens interested in obtaining legal guardianship of a child in Qatar should contact the Family Court of Qatar to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. Likewise, U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Qatar, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should contact the Family Court of Qatar. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Qatar and the U.S. Embassy Doha’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

Qatar’s Adoption Authority/Family Court:
Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation
Tel: +974- 44589444
Fax: +974- 44580014
P.O.Box: 24026, Doha, Qatar

U.S. Embassy Doha
22nd February Street
Al Luqta
Doha, Qatar

Qatari Embassy in the United States:
Embassy of the State of Qatar
2555 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: (202) 274-1600

Houston Consulate:
The General Consulate of the State of Qatar
1990 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 900
Houston, TX 77056
Phone:  (+1) 713-355-8221
Fax (+1) 713-355-8184

New York Consulate:
Consulate General of the State of Qatar
50 Central Park S, Suite 1707
New York, NY 10019
Phone:  212-497-2757