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The Ministry of Justice is responsible for legislation and regulations concerning adoptions in Iceland, policymaking, accreditation and supervision of adoption organizations. The Ministry is the Central Authority in Iceland under the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and supervises the implementation of Convention in Iceland as well as accredited adoption organizations. It is also an appeal instance when the District Commissioner in the Capital Region, which is an administrative authority under the Ministry of Justice, has rejected an application for domestic adoption or an advance approval for adoption of a foreign child. 

According to the Adoption Act, the District Commissioner grants permission for adoptions in Iceland and issues an advance approval for the adoption of a foreign child. Application forms are available on the District Commissioners' website.

Information about the Icelandic Adoption Society, which is an accredited adoption organisation in Iceland, is available on the website of the Icelandic Adoption Society in English.


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