IRAQ: Iraq does not permit the adoption of its nationals by foreigners.
ISRAEL: Adoptions are strictly controlled by the Ministry of Social Welfare and the District Courts. Few children are available to foreigners. The adoptive parent(s) must be of the same religion as the child and work through a licensed adoption agency.
KUWAIT: Kuwaiti law has no provisions for adoption.
PAKISTAN: Pakistan is a Muslim state, and Muslim law does not recognize adoption. Some children whose origin is unknown but who have been converted to Christianity by Christian missionaries may be available for adoption.
QATAR: Qatar does not permit the adoption of its nationals by foreigners.
SAUDI ARABIA: Adoption is illegal in Saudi Arabia, which adheres strictly to Islamic Sharia law.
YEMEN: Yemen is governed by Sharia law. Only Muslims would be allowed to take custody of an orphan