Ghana Adoption Overview

Carolina Adoption Services is seeking to be accredited to do international adoptions in Ghana in 2019. Ghana is currently implementing new adoption regulations under the Hague. Please contact Alexis Sullivan for more information.

 CAS Ghana Information Packet

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International Program Team Lead: Alexis Sullivan


Children Available: 
Children available for adoption in Ghana are aged 1 year or older at the time of referral, sibling groups, older children (6 to 12 years), and children with special needs. Children reside in government approved and monitored orphanages.

Parent Requirements:  Married couples must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child with a maximum age of 50 years for non-Ghanaian. Couples should be married at least 2 years. Single women must be of Ghanaian heritage. Parents cannot have any criminal record.

Travel Requirements: Two trips to Ghana. The first trip is approximately 4.5 to 5 weeks, the second trip is approximately 3 to 4 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 referral then 4 to 6 months from referral 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 additional medical needs.
  • CAS works with reputable Foreign Supervise Providers in Ghana

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 U.S 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 referral takes about 6 to 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.

Ghana Adoption Travel: What to Expect

Adoptive parents must make two trips to Ghana. The first trip is estimated to be 4.5 to 5 weeks long, and the second trip is estimated to last 3 to 4 weeks.  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. Both parents are required to be at court.

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.

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