The country of Armenia maintains a relatively small but stable international adoption program, and Carolina Adoption Services is one of their longest-standing and closest adoption partners. Armenia has many children who are older and children of all ages with special needs waiting to be matched with families. CAS shares the files of some of these children through our Waiting Child program. Sign up to view our protected Waiting Child Photolisting to meet children who are awaiting adoption in Armenia.
Armenia Adoption Overview
Program Coordinator: Tania Graisnow
Children Available: Children 5 years and older who are considered healthy, and children of all ages with special needs.
Parent Requirements: Married couples and single women, 25-50 years old. In couples, one parent must be under 50 years old.
Travel Requirements: Two trips to Armenia: first trip 5 to 7 days; second trip 3 to 6 weeks
a. 4 to 8 months from dossier submission to match to a child
b. 1 month from match to first trip
c. 3 to 4 months from first trip to second trip
More Details: Armenia Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
Armenia Adoption: About the Children
The Armenia adoption program places children who currently live in orphanages. Armenian orphanage care varies from good to excellent. Typically, each child’s health and development is closely monitored. The children range in age from approximately 5 to 12 years at the time they are matched to a family. Younger children with special needs may also be matched through Carolina Adoption Services Armenia adoption program.
Our Armenia Adoption Program & Process
Carolina Adoption Services will work with you to gather the documents needed for your adoption dossier. Upon completion, this paperwork will be sent to an attorney in Armenia and translated into Armenian.
Then, your wait to be matched with a child will begin. Currently, Carolina Adoption Services estimates this will take 4 to 8 months (for an older child or a child with special needs). This wait time may be shortened if you are requesting to be matched with a child from the CAS Waiting Child Photolisting.
The attorney we work with in Armenia will present your translated dossier to the Prime Minister’s office for approval. Once a potential child is identified, you will be invited by the central authority to travel. You may choose to hire an independent physician to complete a medical evaluation of your referral; this medical evaluation can be conducted during your first trip.
If you accept the adoption match, the child’s documents and your dossier begin the final approval process with the Armenian Prime Minister. This process takes approximately 3 to 4 months.
After the Prime Minister’s approval is granted, you take your second trip to Armenia, which will last 3 to 6 weeks. On the second trip you will attend court and receive custody of your child. There is a 30-day wait following court; however, a petition may be submitted to waive this wait.
Finally, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, issues a visa to your child that you will use to travel home to the United States.
Armenia Adoption Travel: What to Expect
You will be met at the airport by local English- speaking staff and escorted throughout your stay. You may stay in a host apartment or hotel. Your two trips to Armenia will be an opportunity to experience the culture of the country and get a view into typical Armenian family life.
Armenia Adoption: The Country
Armenia is located in Eurasia, the middle ground between Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Armenia borders the nations of Azerbaijan and Turkey; like its other neighbor, the Republic of Georgia, Armenia was once part of the Soviet Union. It ceded from the USSR in 1990, and it gained official recognition of its independence in 1991. Today, Armenia is an associate of the European Union.
Armenian is the language most widely spoken in the country, but many Armenians also speak Russian and a growing number are learning English. Overall, Armenia has a high literacy rate and the country values education.