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Information on International Adoptions

Syria, as a Shari'ah law country, does not recognize or provide for adoptions of Muslim children.  Several attempts by U.S. prospective adoptive parents have failed, although technically some provision was made for certain Christian denominations to adopt.  Presidential Decree number 76 of September 26, 2010 nullified the previous personal status law and did not include any specific adoption provisions for non-Muslims. The Embassy's understanding is that until specific Decree 76-compliant previsions have been developed to address adoption for specific denominations, it is not possible to adopt in Syria. The Embassy will update our web site as new information is received.