CONTACT INFORMATION


The Embassy of the United States of America, Phnom Penh
Consular Section
#1, Street 96
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (855-23) 728-000
Fax: (855-23) 728-600
Email: adoptionscambodia@state.gov
Internet: http://cambodia.usembassy.gov/

Cambodia’s Adoption Authority
No. 788, Preah Monivong Blvd.,
Sangkat Boeung Trabek,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 855-23-725-191or 725-891

Embassy of Cambodia
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia
4530 16th Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20011,
Tel. 202-726-7742

Office of Children’s issuesU.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
SA-29
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).

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Adoption Notice

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

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February 13, 2009

On December 21, 2001 the processing of adoption petitions for Cambodia was suspended. This decision was based on numerous concerns related to fraud in Cambodia, as well as the lack of sufficient local legal frameworks and other safeguards to protect the children’s best interests. Due to continued concerns, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) remains unable to approve any form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Cambodia. The USCIS suspension remains in effect for all I-600 forms that have been filed. For more information on the USCIS suspension please see the following link: http://www.uscis.gov/files/.

Based on the existing issues of fraud and irregularity in Cambodia, the Department of State (DOS) has reconfirmed the suspension of adoptions under the Hague process in Cambodia. It has been determined that at this time Cambodia is not meeting its obligations under The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. For these reasons the DOS remains unable to issue the required Hague Certificate or Hague Custody Declaration for any form I-800, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention country. The Department of State will continue to monitor the situation in Cambodia and will provide updates as soon as they are available.

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Cambodia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).

Intercountry adoption is not possible from Cambodia at this time.

On December 21, 2001, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)* announced an immediate suspension of the processing of adoption petitions for Cambodia. This decision was based on numerous concerns related to fraud in Cambodia, as well as the lack of a sufficient local legal framework and other safeguards to protect the children’s best interests.

On January 25, 2002, the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs verbally notified the U.S. State Department that it would suspend the issuance of adoption documentation to American families in acknowledgement of trafficking concerns and other problems in the adoption process. No further Cambodian orphans, including siblings of previously adopted orphans, can be processed for immigrant visas to the United States until the Department of Homeland Security lifts the suspension of orphan petitions. At this time, it is not known whether or when the moratorium might be lifted.


*The functions of the former INS are now carried out by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security. INS ceased to exist in March 2003.

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