Moroccan courts award guardianship known as “Kafala” to prospective parents, so the child can immigrate and be adopted once in the U.S. Moroccan residency is not a legal requirement for Kafala, but prosecutors may request proof of residency at any point in the process.
For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from Morocco, visit the Morocco page of the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the International Adoptive Families group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.
Morocco Adoption Fast Facts
- 2016 Adoptions: 21 children
- Hague Country: No
- Estimated Total Cost: Unknown
- Profile of Children: 77% of children are 2 years and younger. 64% are boys (2015).
- Parent Ages: Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old.
- Family Status: Married couples and single women are allowed to adopt. Morocco does not recognize same sex marriage. Parents must be Muslim.
- Travel: Parents are required to travel to Morocco for the adoption.
- Timeline: The process can range from three months to two years.