Samoa, located in the region of the South Pacific known as Polynesia, is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. Samoa is roughly midway between Fiji and New Zealand. The islands have narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in the interior. The two main islands are Upolu and Savaii. The capital, Apia, and the international airport are on Upolu. The official languages are Samoan and English. Samoan is the native language of most of the population. English is widely understood and spoken in the capital of Apia as well as many tourist resorts; however, it is less commonly understood in the villages.
All adoptions in Samoa are completed through a collaborative effort with a Samoan attorney, the Samoan Victim Support Group (SVSG) and Samoan government officials of the social service offices and Attorney General’s office who handle international adoptions and orphan care in Samoa.
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- Samoan children from infancy to teens are available for adoption.
- Children available are of Polynesian (Pacific Islander) descent.
- Both boys and girls are available and gender preference may be specified.
- Sibling groups are available.
- Children with Special Needs are available for adoption.
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT
Married couples and singles may adopt from Samoa. Married couples must be between 23-55 years of age. Singles must be at least 24 years old at the time of the I-600A filing and 25 years old at the time of the I-600 filing. Applicants must be in good health, show financial stability and the ability to provide financially and emotionally for a child through adulthood. Canadian residents may be eligible to adopt from Samoa subject to the approval of their home study agency and approval by their provincial authority
- Make application to MLJ Adoptions International.
- Complete your adoption homestudy and submit form I-600A to USCIS.
- Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
- For U.S. families, once USCIS has approved you to adopt from Samoa, you will receive your I-171H approval notice.
- For Canadian families, once you have received your Part 1 Immigration approval, you may proceed with dossier preparation. Upon home study approval and Part 1 Immigration approval your name may be added to the wait list to be matched with a child.
- Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, your dossier is sent to Samoa and your name added to the waitlist to be matched with a child. Current approximate wait times to be matched with a child are anticipated to be 18 – 36 months and are dependent on the characteristics of child you are hoping to adopt and the children eligible for adoption at the time you are placed on the wait list.
- Upon referral acceptance, MLJ will assist you with updating your dossier if needed and processing of your Court adoption petition.
- You will complete the Court legal process, Ministry investigation and Attorney General approval process, which generally takes 9 – 12 months to complete.
- Upon Court approval of your adoption, the attorney in Samoa will obtain your child’s post-adoption birth certificate, Samoan passport and for U.S. families the New Zealand travel visa.
- Upon completion of your legal adoption process in Samoa, MLJ will assist you will filing your form I600, for Canadian families, you will file application through Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC).
- Upon provisional approval of U.S. form I600, your file is sent to the U.S. Embassy in Auckland, New Zealand for visa processing.
- Once your child’s visa is approved by the U.S. embassy, you will travel to Apia Samoa to meet your child, then onto Auckland New Zealand for visa medicals and final visa processing.
- Once your child’s visa is received you travel home with your child!
- Please note, Canadians are only required to travel to Apia Samoa and not required to travel to Auckland New Zealand. Visa processing for Canadians occurs in Australia and application for adopted children is made through Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC).
- The children reside at the SVSG shelter while waiting adoption.
You receive a proposed match of a child from MLJ Adoptions International in collaboration with SVSG. The child’s documents will include a medical examination of the child, a photo of the child, applicable consents and legal paperwork and any available known history. 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 the proposed match, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You will then wait to complete the legal adoption process in Samoa, apply for the child’s visa, then wait for an invitation to travel to Samoa to bring your child home. Most families invited to travel will receive approximately a four week When you are invited to travel, you will know the date of your embassy visa appointment (U.S. families). U.S> families travel to Samoa to be united with their child(ren), and then travel to Auckland, New Zealand to attend the child’s medical appointment, the embassy appointment, and receive the child’s Orphan Visa.
Canadian families only travel to Apia Samoa to bring their child home. Both parents do not have to travel to bring the child home.
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 MLJ Adoptions International at 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months from the date of placement and pictures of the child with family, every three months for the first year e-mailed to the parents’ program director. Reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; MLJ Adoptions International is committed to showing the Samoan Government 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 U.S. Department of State. 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.
The program fee for a Samoa adoption is $28,995.00. Additional estimated expenses may apply, please see the attached fee sheet. In addition, your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive adoption grants, scholarships or other employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information, please see Exhibit A.
Please contact Sonja Brown at email@example.com or call 317-875-0058 with any questions.
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Samoa Adoption Program Details
- Program fee for Samoa is $28,995.
- Samoan children from infancy to teens are available for adoption
- Married couples must be between 23 and 55 years of age.
- Samoa adoptions can take on average from 30 – 60 months to complete
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