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  posted by Hmoon on: 12/31/04
Family of four


We are already a family of four, with one son and one daughter. I'm very interested in adopting a child, and I do not see why already having children makes a difference. I would absolutely love to adopt another child, and my home is already an environment for children. We are Iranian Muslim and over thirty years old. Is there any chance?

admin replied:
Dear Mother of four children,
I wish I could answer your question with enough reasons. As far as I know, who ever is interested to adopt a child according to the laws should not have any children of her own.
Considering the number of homeless children we have, it is indeed a great pity to take the opportunity of having a loving home and better environment from a child.

Association for Protecting the Right of the Child in Iran is trying to improve the adoption laws. However, as you know things moves on the right direction VERY slowly in our beloved home land.
With my very best for you and your family,
Mahdokht Sanati
  posted by Ghazaleh on: 12/20/04
Dear Dr. Sanati

I have a question. I am an Iranian citizen living in the US and my husband is an American. We want to adopt a baby hopefully from Iran. Are we eligibale considering my husband's nationality?

admin replied:
Dear Glozaleh
I am sorry to informe you, Presently I do not think with Iranian adoption laws You have any chance to adopt a child from Iran.

I sincerely hope we can work on changing the adoption law.

Best of luck to you,
  posted by alaleh on: 11/25/04
Adopt an infant

Dear Mahdokht Sanati

I am hoping that you can help me in my decision .I am 23 years old married and I have a 4 month old baby boy I am very happy with my life. I married my love off my life when I was 19 years old I graduate from Azad University in Tehran from translating English to Farsi and I live in Canada right now. My husband is taking his PHD in petroleum engineering here.

My husband and I always think about adopting a child, my husband has this theory that if you want to have a child why bring one in this world while there is millions of children waiting for adoption and since I have a 4 month old baby I am looking for an infant to adopt so I can breath feed him or her so he or she can be my child (you probably know if I feed him for certain time he can be my rezae child).

I know it is difficult to find an infant and I know there is no agency in Iran and it is a long process that’s why I am starting to look for an infant now.

I want to know your idea about my decision and how can I find an infant I am even willing to move to Iran for a certain time to complete the process.

Thank you for your time


admin replied:
Dear Alieh,
I find your letter moving. I would like to help you as much as possible. The fact that you are willing to stay in Iran is a big plus. However, unfortunatley as far as I know, in Iranian law of adoption, the parents can not have a child of their own.
I think you should contact Ms. Mashayekh ( in Society for Protecting the Right of the Child. She is in Iran and has an email. Please forward your letter to her. she may give you an upto date answer.
I will send her a mail and will let her know about your case. I think the baby you are going to adopt is a lucky one.

Please get in touch with me if I could be of any further help.

With my best regards,
Mahdokht Sanati
  posted by Parand on: 11/08/04
Anxious to complete our family and adopt an Iranian baby

Salam Khanoom Sanati,

I was thrilled to find this sight and truly hope that you can help me. I am an Iranian-American woman and want very much to adopt a baby from Iran. I am prepared to do whatever it takes to make this happen but have no direction on how this can be done successfully. I am 29 years old, speak Farsi, and am surrounded by a loving Iranian family. I have been happily married to my childhood sweetheart, who is also 29, for six years. His mother is Iranian (Assyrian from Iran) and his father is American (they met and married in Iran when his father was in the army). I have an Iranian passport but my husband does not because his father is American. I visited Iran several times and have relatives in Tehran who would be happy to help me with this adoption process but I am not sure what I need to do and where I need to go. My husband is technically Christian and will convert to be Muslim but I don't know what else must be done to satisfy the Iranian government. I was planning to travel to Iran myself this summer to start this process but fear I won't get very far with the way things are run over there. So I would like to be as prepared as possible before I go. Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated.


admin replied:
Dear Parand,
Thanks for your interest in adopting a child from Iran. It seems to me that you are willing to do anything to go through lots of pain for this noble cause. I am sure by now you have find out that there is no agancy in Iran to support this cause.

The government office that you have to apply is BEHZISTI.

I will give you a few contact numbers. You may be able to find out for yourself . I wish you the best of luck.

Dr. Mostashari is founder of and is willing to help. Her phone number in Tehran is:2266074

Ms. Filli works in Tehran office of Behzisti:7633474

Ms. Mashayekh is chair women of Society for Protection of Rights of the Child. Here is her
fax number: 8735591 and her telephone number is: 8735592.

Wishing you best of luck,
Mahdokht Sanati
KathyD replied:
Adopting Iranian Child
Dear Parand,
Like you, I was so excited about finding this web site. My husband and I have the same hope and wish as you, to adopt a child from Iran. I am American and my husband is Iranian and we live in Minnesota. We both have our Iranian passport and necessary paperwork to travel to Iran. Actually, my husband went 2 years ago, but did not get far at all with regards to adoption (your concern as well). Anyway, I won't go on and on about our situation, although it is very heartwarming to find others that are experiencing similar challenges as well as similar hopes and dreams. We are wondering if you had any luck with the contacts Mahdokht Sanati provided and if so, are you willing to share what you've learned so far? Thank you and I hope your dreams come true! Kathy D.
  posted by sholejoon on: 10/10/04
Child Adoption requirements from U.S. for Iranian Child

I am trying to find out the requirements needed for obtaining a visa for an adopted child in Iran. I was wondering if you knew the requirements needed to bring an adopted child from Iran to the United States ( ie. visa, etc. ). If you could please help me with this and send me an e-mail as soon as possible I would appreciate it. Thank you.


admin replied:
Dear Mom to Be,
To adopt a child from anywhere you have to open a file and request for adoption with IRS. ( all the inf. is in our web site) U.S. Gov. is very helpful and will give you a tax exempt as well as some founds.
After your request is processed, You will receive the visa for the child to enter the U.S.
Please chek Irandokht web sit for more detailed info.
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