Nigeria Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from Nigeria? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, and an average budget and timeline.

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Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has warned prospective parents that fraud and adoption scams are a serious concern after Nigerian media outlets reported on alleged child-buying operations posing as orphanages or homes for unwed mothers. Non-Nigerian citizens are not permitted to adopt from Nigeria.

For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from Nigeria, visit the Nigeria Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website.

Search the National Infertility & Adoption Directory for adoption agencies placing children from Nigeria.

Nigeria Adoption Fast Facts

  • 2016 Adoptions: 121 children
  • Hague Country: No
  • Profile of Children: 61% of children are between 1 and 4 years old. 50% of children are girls. (2014)
  • Estimated Total Cost: adoption fees in Nigeria are approximately $500
  • Parents’ Ages: Parents must be at least 25 years of age, and 21 years older than the child.
  • Family Requirements: Married couples may adopt if both parents are Nigerian citizens. Singles may adopt a child of the same sex. Same-sex adoption is not expressly prohibited, but it is not clear where the government stands.
  • Travel: At least one parent must travel to Nigeria to adopt, and establish a parent-child relationship with the courts before the adoption is final.
  • Timeline for Nigerian Adoption: A few months to a year.

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