Nigeria collageNigeria is located in West Africa and is the most populous country in Africa. For this reason, it is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja and the largest city is Lagos. The country is nearly equally divided between Christianity and Islam. The fees for an adoption from Nigeria are reasonable, and we estimate that the process will take approximately 1 ½ years from application to completion depending upon the type of child you are seeking to adopt.

Nightlight’s Nigeria program began in 2016. Nigeria is not party to the Hague Convention. Currently, we are providing adoption services through Lagos State only. We have partnered solely with Morgan Hill Children Foundation in Lagos. We are excited to watch the program grow as we provide these beautiful Nigerian children with forever families.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE

Children of all ages are available for adoption from Nigeria. More females and children over the age of 2 years tend to be available. Sibling groups and children with varying degrees of special needs are also available. In most cases, we see vast improvements in children with special needs once they are receiving proper medical care and living in a healthy environment.

ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT

Married and singles over 25 years old may adopt from Nigeria. Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years older than the child they wish to adopt and singles may only adopt a child of the same gender as the adoptive parent. All parents should be physically, mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable; motivated to adopt and should not have any life threatening or life shortening medical conditions.

PROCESS

  1. Complete an application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
  2. Apply to Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth & Social Development
  3. Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-600A to CIS.
  4. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  5. Once CIS has approved your adoption home study, you will receive your I-171H pre-approval notice.
  6. Once your CIS approval has been received and a child is available for you, you will receive a referral of a child in Nigeria.
  7. Once you have accepted a match of a child, Morgan Hill in Nigeria will add the child’s paperwork to your dossier and file with the Ministry for approval.
  8. You will receive permission to travel and go to Nigeria for the bonding period (1-3 months)
  9. At the end of the bonding period, you will go to court and receive the final adoption order.
  10. Apply for your child’s passport, Embassy doctor appointment, visa appointment at the US embassy and to bring your child home! (Some families choose to do two trips but both parents must go for the beginning of the bonding period and be present for court.)

TRAVEL & ADOPTION

There is one trip required for adoption from Nigeria but you can choose to break that up into two trips. This trip will be the socialization period and can last 1-3 months. You will be given the opportunity to bond with your child as a social worker from the Ministry observes your stay. Court will occur at the end of the bonding period and after the court order is issued, you can apply for your child’s passport and US visa. Once the visa has been issued, you can return home with your child.

POST ADOPTION

The Ministry requires that a Social Worker Post Adoption report with photographs be submitted every year for the first five years you are home with your child. There may also be periodic visits from a Ministry Social Worker.

COSTS

The program fee for Nigeria is approx. $15,100. Your additional costs will include home study, USCIS approval, orphanage donation, notary fees, airfare, hotel or rental home, meals and embassy fees as shown on the fee schedule. Your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships, grants or employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information please see Exhibit A. Please call or e-mail Stephanie Miller at Stephanie.miller@nightlight.org or at 636-797-4100 with any questions.

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To learn more about adopting from Nigeria, you may contact us, call our MO Office at (636)797-4100, or directly email Stephanie at Stephanie.Miller@nightlight.org.

Nigeria Adoption Program Details

  • Program cost will range from $30,655-$34,855
  • Children will be 12 months or older
  • Adopting parents must be at least 25 years of age
  • Referral time will be an estimated 6-9 months depending on the family’s openness to age, gender, and special need

More Information on Nigeria Adoptions

Nigeria Adoption Overview
U.S. Relations with Nigeria
Intercountry Adoption Information on Nigeria
Ministry of Youth & Social Development