Adoptions from abroad

In Austria, all matters relating to the adoption of minors are the responsibility of the federal states. The first point of contact for adoption applicants is the Office of the Federal State Government in whose jurisdiction the applicant’s residence is located.  

In general, intercountry adoptions can be subdivided into two groups:  

I: Adoptions from countries that are Parties to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention, HAC).   

The full text of the Adoption Convention, the list of Contracting States as well as a list of central and other authorities can be found on the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Intercountry Adoption Section. In Austria, each federal state has a Central Authority for individual adoption cases operating in line with the HAC provisions, which is the respective Office of the Federal State Government (Amt der Landesregierung).

II: Adoptions from countries that are N O T Parties to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention, HAC). 

In all cases involving such countries, please contact the Office of the Federal State Government in whose jurisdiction your residence is located.

Other relevant information is provided on the website on intercountry adoptions operated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Family and Youth.