Informazione paesi


1. International Family Mediation

Family mediation, in Belarus, is legally recognised, commonly implemented and encouraged by the State. According to the Act on Mediation N 58-Z (2013), mediation can be provided for resolving family disputes before or during court proceedings.

The mediators shall pass specialised trainings in an accredited training institution, have a mediator certificate and be added to the Ministry of Justice registry of accredited mediators that you can find here (website in Russian).

There is, to our knowledge, no specialised structure for international family mediation in Belarus.

1) Belarus is a Party to the 1980 Hague Convention.

The 1980 Hague Convention: a multilateral treaty, which provides procedural guidelines on the return of children and their protection in cases of international parental child abduction.

Contact the Central Authority established in Belarus for cases of child abduction (operational languages: Belarusian, Russian, English and German).

2) Belarus is not a Party to the 1996 Hague Convention.

The 1996 Hague Convention: a multilateral treaty, which determines jurisdiction, applicable law, co-operation in respect of parental responsibility and access rights, as well as civil and public measures for the protection or care of children. 

You can determine whether all countries relevant to your case are Parties, or not, to the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction and/or the 1996 Hague Convention on Child Protection in order to locate the appropriate central authority. As for the 1980 Hague Convention, you can check whether the Convention is in force between two specific States in the Spreadsheet showing acceptances of accessions to the Child Abduction Convention.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection provides a list of territorial centres of social services for the population, in particular for families and children (website in Russian). The centres offer psycho-social support, legal counselling and information services as well as support and temporary shelters to victims of domestic violence.

The Minsk City Centre of Social Services for Families and Children is a public service providing free-of-charge psychological counselling to families and children as well as psychological support to victims of domestic violence and people in need. You can contact them directly here (website in Russian).

4. Child Welfare Services

The Belarusian Children’s Fund aims to protect the rights of children by providing them with humanitarian aid, medical services and legal consultations. You can contact the Fund directly here.

Save Babies (Spasenie mladenzev) is a charitable organisation informing young families on child care and raising. Its website offers contact information of help centres providing legal, social, psychological and financial support to families. You can contact them directly here (website in Russian).

SOS Children's Villages in Belarus offer Family Strengthening Programme to protect children who are at risk of losing the care of their family, which includes nutrition, education, health and psychosocial support, improving living conditions, parenting counselling. They work in Borovlyany, Maryina Gorka and Mogilev and you can contact them directly here (website in Russian).

5. Support to Bi-National Couples, Cross-Cultural and Migrant Families

The Belarusian Red Cross Society provides asylum seekers and refugees with humanitarian assistance, counselling on integration, referrals to relevant state authorities as well as assistance with rebuilding family ties with relatives lost in the aftermath of armed conflicts (website in Russian). It has regional branches in Minsk, Vitebsk, Grodno, Gomel, Mogilev and Brest. You can contact their head office directly at:
Karl Marx str. 35,
220030 Minsk, Belarus
Telephone: (+375) 17 3271417
Email: info(at)

The Refugee Counselling Service is a non-profit organisation providing free-of-charge legal counselling and social support to refugees and asylum seekers. The Service works in Minsk, Vitebsk, Grodno, Gomel, Mogilev and Brest. You can visit their Facebook page or contact their head office directly at:
Olshevsky str. 74,
220104 Minsk, Belarus
Telephone: (+375) 17 3697062
Hotline: (+375) 44 753-35-72 and (+375) 33 635-21-66
Email: pa.bmmw(at)

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