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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.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE

  • 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

Applicants must be at least 21 years older than the child they are adopting. Married couples may adopt from Ghana. Ghana will not accept applicants with a criminal history, or history of drug/alcohol abuse. Ghana is reluctant to accept large families. Families with Ghanaian heritage who meet Ghana’s adoption requirements may experience shorter wait times for referrals.

PROCESS

  1. Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
  2. Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-800A to CIS.
  3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  4. Once USCIS has approved your adoption home study, you will receive your I-797C pre-approval notice.
  5. Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, you will be registered to adopt in Ghana.
  6. The Ghanaian Central Authority will add you to a list of waiting families to receive a referral.
  7. Upon referral acceptance, Nightlight will begin processing the family’s I-800.
  8. 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).
  9. Once you have received the court decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport for your child.
  10. 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.
  11. The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption.
  12. Ghana adoptions can take on average from 12 to 36 months to complete.

TRAVEL

You receive a referral of a child from Nightlight Christian Adoptions through the Ghanaian Adoption Authority. The referral will include a brief social history of the child, and the current health and development of the child. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You will then wait for an invitation to travel to Ghana to bond with your child, and then attend court. Once you travel to Ghana, you will remain in Ghana for a minimum of 30 days to bond with your child. During the month, you will be observed by the Department of Social Welfare. After the bonding period, you will be given a court date. Once you receive the court decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport and begin the visa process. Both parents do not have to remain in Ghana the entire time. Both parents must attend the initial bonding period and court hearing.

NIGHTLIGHT’S COMMITMENT

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.

POST ADOPTION

Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your home study provider. Your home study provider will prepare post-adoption reports and submit them to Nightlight at one, 6 months and 12 months after the child is home. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight is committed to showing the Ghanaian Adoption Authority and birth families that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by the Hague Convention. Therefore, Nightlight charges a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post placement report in advance.

COSTS

The program fee for a Ghana adoption is $21,500. Additional estimated expenses of $7,515 to $11,515 will bring the total cost to approximately $29,015-$33,015. In addition, your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships or other employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information, please see Exhibit A.
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.

More Information on Ghana Adoptions

Ghana Adoption Overview
US Relations with Ghana
U.S. Department of State Information on Ghana

WELCOME HOME!

Families that have adopted through the Ghana Adoption Program.

Liz

Congratulations to Liz who arrived home with Samuel on August 13, 2016!