Nigeria 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 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 over 25 years and singles over 30 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.
- Complete an application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
- Apply to Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth & Social Development
- Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-600A to CIS.
- Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
- Once CIS has approved your adoption home study, you will receive your I-171H pre-approval notice.
- Once your CIS approval has been received and a child is available for you, you will receive a referral of a child in Nigeria.
- 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.
- You will receive permission to travel and go to Nigeria for the bonding period (1 month)
- At the end of the bonding period, you will go to court and receive the final adoption order.
- 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. This trip will begin with the four week socialization period and will last approx. 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 birth certificate, passport and US visa. One parent may return home after court but the other parent must stay with the child. Once the visa has been issued, you can return home with your child.
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.
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.email@example.com
or at 636-797-4100 with any questions.