Last Updated: November 21, 2012

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Hague Convention Information

Senegal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Senegal.

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Senegal on December 1, 2011. However, Senegal has not yet implemented procedures for the processing of Convention adoptions and the Government of Senegal announced in February 2012 that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing the Hague Adoption Convention. Transition cases where an adoption dossier was filed with Senegal prior to December 1, 2011, may be completed under the previous “orphan” process.

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has not been provided with an expected date by which Senegal will fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention. Please continue to monitor for updated information.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Senegal and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

Senegal’s Adoption Authority
Directrice de l’Education Suveillée et de la Protection Sociale (DESPS)
Ministere de la Justice
Rue 9 Allées Seydou Nourou Tall X Bourguiba
Point E lot 2 – BP 14736
Dakar Peytavin

Tel: +221-33-824-14-79

U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal
Avenue Jean XXIII, angle Rue Jacques Bugnicourt - BP 49
Tel: (221) 33 829 2100
Fax: (221) 33 822-5903