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First Intercountry Adoption

February 27, 2014

On February 27, 2014 the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest issued the first immigrant visa to an adopted child under Romania’s new adoption law which allows intercountry adoptions in limited circumstances.

Consular Officer Diana Bates presented the visa to the new parents, Kenneth and Alina Kleinhenz. Click here to watch a video interview with the adoptive parents and hear their story.

The United States supports intercountry adoption when it is in the best interests of the child and views intercountry adoption as an important part of a fully developed child welfare system.

Over the past ten years, U.S. families have welcomed more than 200,000 adopted children into their homes, from more than 100 different countries.

The United States values Romania as a partner in the Hague Adoption Convention and supports the government’s ongoing efforts to permit intercountry adoption while providing adequate safeguards for the child and the prospective adoptive parents.

The U.S. Embassy continues to appreciate the Romanian Government’s commitment to the completion of adoptions in a transparent and ethical manner, ensuring children are placed in loving homes—something every child deserves.