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Ghana Adoption

Country-specific adoption information for parents considering adopting from Ghana.



Children in Ghana become available for adoption primarily because of extreme poverty of their birth families or loss of their parents. The Department of Social Welfare in Ghana must often conduct field investigations to prove a child's eligibility for adoption because verification of parent-child relationships is difficult. This may lengthen processing time. Ghana is not a member of the Hague Adoption Convention.

For more information, visit www.adoption.state.gov. View photos and get parent-to-parent advice in our online community, www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com.

Ghana Adoption Requirements and Facts:

  • 2011 adoptions: 99 children
  • Hague Accredited: No
  • Estimated Total Cost: $25,000 to $35,000
  • Profile of Children: In 2010, 68% of children adopted were age five or older.
  • Parent Ages: Parents must be at least 25 years old and at least 21 years older than the child.
  • Family Status: Married couples and single Ghanaian women may adopt. Gay and lesbian couples cannot adopt from Ghana. Adoptive parents must undergo a medical exam.
  • Travel: Both parents must travel to appear in court.
  • Timeline: Approximately 12 months, plus a one- to six-month wait for U.S. to process immigration visa.

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