We are currently accepting applications from families who are open to younger children with moderate to non-correctable special needs, children 7 years and older, and sibling groups. Moldova recently resumed inter-country adoptions with the US and therefore timelines for a match with a child and travel is unknown.
Moldova Adoption Overview
Program Coordinator: Tania Griasnow
Children Available: 2 years old and older, with moderate to non-correctable special needs
Parent Requirements: Married couples and single women, 25 & older depending on child’s age
Travel Requirements: Two trips: the first trip is of unspecified length but is estimated at 6-8 weeks; the second trip is 7-10 business days, approximately two months after the first trip
More Details: Moldova Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
Dossiers are submitted to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the adoption authority in Moldova. The timeline for receiving a referral is unknown.
After the child is identified and has been accepted, the paperwork on the adoptive family and child will next proceed to USCIS approval and then to court. A court hearing is held in Moldova and, for married couples, both parents should attend.
Adopting parents must stay in the country for an unspecified length of time on this first trip. A 20-day wait for court approval plus 10 to 60 days for paper processing follows the court hearing. Parents will return in approximately two months to bring your child home. Your stay for the second trip will be approximately four business days. You must register your child at the Moldova Embassy within 30 days of your arrival in the United States. An escort meets you at the airport and remains with you throughout your adoption process. While in Moldova, you may stay in a hotel or apartment.
Moldova Adoption: The Country
Moldova is an Eastern European country that declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and adopted a constitution in 1994. It is nestled between the countries of Ukraine and Romania. Moldova is very small in area, covering about the size of the U.S. state of Massachusetts.
Moldovan, Romanian and Russian are the most common languages spoken in the country, and more than 90 percent of Moldovan residents are Orthodox Christians.
Economic health is a challenge for the country, which by some figures is the poorest in Europe. However, focused plans are underway to build financial stability and other conditions needed for admission into the European Union.
Moldova and North Carolina share a unique relationship through the Partnership for Peace initiative. Committees from Moldova and North Carolina exchange ideas, technology and resources.