We are delighted to announce the opening of our program in Ghana! This is a wonderful program for families hoping to adopt children from 1-12 years of age. Travel requirements are minimal and overall estimated timeframes are quite reasonable. Please contact Allie Smith today for more information on how you can become one of our first families to begin their adoption in this exciting new program.
Ghana Adoption Overview
International Program Manager: Allie Smith
Children Available: Children available for adoption in Ghana are aged 1 year or older at the time of referral, sibling groups, older children (6-12 years), and children with special needs. Children reside in government approved and monitored orphanages.
Parent Requirements: Couples and single women, must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child with a maximum age of 55 years. Couples should be married at least 2 years. Parents cannot have any criminal record.
Travel Requirements: Two trips to Ghana. First trip is 2 weeks, second trip is approximately 2 weeks.
Adoption Timeline – Please note that this is a pilot program and timelines provided are estimates until our first few Ghanaian adoptions are completed. 6-12 months from dossier submission to match to a child 4-6 months from match until finalization
Ghana Program Highlights
- Children receive very good care while awaiting adoption.
- Available children are one year and older at the time of referral. There are children in good overall health as well as children with special needs.
- Ghana is one of a few Hague Convention countries in Africa.
More Details: Ghana Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
In 2017, the Hague Convention went into force in Ghana. Carolina Adoption Services is delighted to be one of the first American agencies to begin working in Ghana following implementation of the Hague.
Our Ghana Adoption Program & Process
CAS Ghana Program staff assist families with every step of the adoption process.
Once completed, your dossier is sent to our in-country representative, reviewed and then submitted to the Department of Social Welfare. Your family is matched with a child based on the information in your home study and dossier. From submission of dossier until the child is matched takes up to 6-12 months or longer. Timeframes provided are estimates while this is a pilot program.
Families receive all available information about their child. This information typically consists of a medical, social history, developmental and background report, along with pictures of your child.
Once approved, your family will be invited to make your first trip to Ghana to meet your child and initiate bonding. During this trip, a representative from the regional Department of Social Welfare will visit with your family to see how bonding is progressing. You will then return home to the US to await final approval and scheduling of your court hearing. Only one parent is required to return to Ghana to attend court and complete the final visa processing.
Ghana Adoption Travel: What to Expect
Adoptive parents must make two trips to Ghana. The first trip is 2 weeks long, and the second trip is estimated to last 2-3 weeks. Parents may have the option to make one extended trip. You will be met at the airport by an in-country representative and escorted throughout your time in-country.
During the first trip, families will meet their child and complete the required bonding period. A representative from the Department of Social Welfare will meet with you to observe how the bonding is progressing in order to approve your adoption to continue to the next steps. During your final trip, you will attend court, await the ruling and then apply for your child’s visa. Only one parent is required to travel for the second trip.
Ghana: The Country
Ghana is a West African nation located along the Gulf of Guinea. It borders Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Ghana was formerly known as the Gold Coast and it was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from colonialism in 1957. English is the official language of Ghana with 11 languages having the status as government-sponsored languages. However, it is reported that there are more than 56 indigenous languages spoken in Ghana. After English, Akan is the most widely-spoken language.
Today, Ghana has a population of approximately 27 million people. The natural beauty of Ghana is widespread including the coastal beaches, highlands and one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, Volta Lake. Ghana is Africa’s second largest producer of gold and the second largest producer of cocoa in the world.