Country: North Macedonia Adoption

Age Range: 1-18 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Medical Special Needs: Healthy to Significant
Marriage Length: 1 year, Priority given to Macedonian citizen couple
Single Women: Single women can adopt
Expat Accepted: unknown
In-Country Travel: 2 trips, Duration determined on a case-by-case basis

Due to the previous Macedonian matching process and procedure, Lifeline has not yet seen a child come home through inter-country adoption in this program.  Recent changes to the program have lead to Lifeline recruiting a group of pilot families to pursue adoption from this country again. We are hopeful these changes will lead to more openness from North Macedonia to match waiting children with American families.

The dossier is submitted to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. A complex system of electronic selection of adoptive parents is employed by the Ministry in to match with a child.

The time frame for adoptions from North Macedonia is currently unknown and depends on a family meeting the criteria used in the electronic selection system.

The first trip is approximately 30-days and consists of a bonding period. The remainder of bonding time with the child will take place in the family’s home in the US. Families will return on a second trip for approximately 2 weeks to finalize the adoption. There is an unknown period of time between the two trips.

These trip durations are an approximation and actual travel time will be determined on a case by case basis.

About North Macedonia

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Macedonia since January of 2015.  North Macedonia allows families the opportunity to pursue children available for adoption between ages of 1 year and 18 years.  We anticipate children who are older with minor to moderate and significant special needs to be made available for adoption.  Matches are made through a computer generated system. The Macedonian Adoption Authority is the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

The Need

There are numerous children in the orphan system divided between several different homes where the care they receive is very minimal.

How You Can Help

Lifeline has not seen a family complete an adoption from North Macedonia yet. We are interested in working with families open to serving as a pilot family in this program as recent changes to the program provide promising opportunity for foreign families to adopt from this program.

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