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Ghana, West Africa, is a small country on the Gulf of Guinea. It is bordered by Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence in 1957. The Official language is English, but there are many other languages including Akan, Ewe, Fante and Ga. Ghana is one of West Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, boasting historical sights, an abundance of culture, festivals, wildlife, and beaches. Ghana is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all intercountry adoptions between Ghana and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.
Ghanaian adoptions are conducted through a collaborative effort of a Hague accredited adoption agency in the US and by the Ghanaian Central Adoption Authority.
- Both boys and girls are available for adoption.
- Children as young as 2 years and as old as fifteen are available for adoption. (Wait time for a referral of a child under 4 years old can be up to 3 years.)
- Sibling groups are available.
- Children with Special Needs are available for adoption.
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT
- Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
- Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-800A to CIS.
- Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
- Once USCIS has approved your adoption home study, you will receive your I-797C pre-approval notice.
- Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, you will be registered to adopt in Ghana.
- The Ghanaian Central Authority will add you to a list of waiting families to receive a referral.
- Upon referral acceptance, Nightlight will begin processing the family’s I-800.
- You will then travel to Ghana for your first court date and to meet and bond with your child (a minimum of one month for bonding).
- Once you have received the court decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport for your child.
- The final step is to obtain the US visa for your child and returning home. Most families will remain in Ghana for a minimum of 60 days for the adoption process to be completed. However, some families may choose to return to the US after court date, and then take a 2nd pick up trip once the child’s visa has been issued.
- The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption.
- Ghana adoptions can take on average from 12 to 36 months to complete.
Please contact Carrie Knight, at Carrie@nightlight.org , (864-901-3742) or Laura Beauvais at Laura@nightlight.org with any questions.
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To learn more about our Ghana Adoption Program, you may contact us, call our South Carolina office (located in Greenville, SC) at (864) 268-0570, or directly email our Ghana coordinator, Carrie Knight, at Carrie@nightlight.org.
Ghana Adoption Program Details:
- Program cost will range between $29,015 and $33,015
- Children will be 2 years old and older.
- Parents’ age must be at least 21 years older than the child they are adopting.
- Wait time for a referral of a child under 4 years old can be up to 3 years.