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Intercountry Adoption

The majority of adoptive families in Cyprus adopt children from overseas since there are not many children in Cyprus who are looking for an adoptive family.

The Convention for the Protection of Children and for Cooperation regarding Intercountry Adoption Law 1994, regulates for Intercountry Adoptions between Cyprus and the countries who have ratify it.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance is the competent authority of the Republic of Cyprus authorized to implement the Convention for the Protection of Children. The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance has entrusted the Social Welfare Services the power and responsibilities to handle the Intercountry adoptions that take place according to the provisions of the Convention.

  • Intercountry adoptions between Cyprus and other countries for which the Convention does not apply.
  • Scheme for the provision of financial assistance to couples of low-income who are interested on Intercountry Adoptions.

Intercountry Adoptions – Intercountry Adoptions between Cyprus and countries for which the Convention does not apply.

Sometimes Cypriot couples may apply for adoption to countries where the Convention for the Protection of Children and for Cooperation regarding Intercountry Adoptions, does not apply.

The above mentioned-countries, usually request from the Social Welfare Services, as the competent Authority, reports on the eligibility of the families who have applied for adoption. The policy of the Social Welfare Services is to provide the relevant information, should the request come from the competent State Authorities of the countries, or from their Embassies in Cyprus.

According to the Cyprus Legislation the adoption process that takes place in the child΄s country of origin must also take place in Cyprus. However, this does not apply for adoptions that take place in countries whose governments have signed bilateral Conventions with the government of Cyprus.


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