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 Sheet

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.  Applicants with demonstrated Armenian heritage are eligible for a referral of a child 12 months or younger.

Travel Requirements: Two trips to Armenia: first trip 5 to 7 days; second trip 3 to 6 weeks

Adoption Timeline:
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

Families With Armenian Heritage

US families with Armenian heritage are eligible to adopt a child 12 months or younger who is healthy.

Children in the Armenian Heritage Program: Children approximately 12-18 months old at the time of arrival home.

Armenian Heritage Parent Requirements: Married couples and single women, 25-50 years old, with Armenian heritage. In couples, at least one parent must be under 50 years old, and at least one parent must demonstrate Armenian heritage.  Applicants should have full or half Armenian heritage.

Armenian Heritage Adoption Timeline:
a. 24 to 36 months from dossier submission to match with a child
b. 1 month from match to first trip
c. 3 to 4 months from first trip to second trip

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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.

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