At this time the Department of State urges all U.S. citizens thinking of adopting in Azerbaijan to consider very carefully the likely difficulties and continuing uncertainty.  Although adoptions are technically open, a number of U.S. adoption service providers have decided the situation is in too much a state of flux for them to operate comfortably.  There are no guarantees that adoptions will be achieved on a regular basis and in a transparent manner.

For the most current information on adopting in Azerbaijan, please see Intercountry Adoption.

Please note that while the consular section of the Embassy processes the I 604 (Request for and Report on Overseas Orphan Investigation), the immigrant visa will be processed in Tbilisi.

Also, be aware that the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows for the automatic acquisition of U.S. citizenship for both biological and adopted children of U.S. citizens who are born abroad and who do not acquire U.S. citizenship at birth.

The following are the Act’s requirements:

1. At least one parent of the child is a U.S. citizen, either by birth or naturalization.
2. The child is under the age of 18.
3. The child must be residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent after having been lawfully admitted into this country as an immigrant for lawful permanent residence.
4. If the child has been adopted, the adoption must be final.

Two important notes: the child does not become a U.S. citizen until he or she enters the U.S., and the child must enter the U.S. with an immigrant visa in order to acquire citizenship under this act.  For full information, please see Intercountry Adoption.