Morocco & Moroccan Adoptions
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Introduction to Adopt Abroad, Inc. and our Moroccan Adoption Program
Adopt Abroad was the first U.S. agency to provide services for the adoption of Moroccan children. Since 2008, we have been helping families adopt Moroccan children.
Our Moroccan adoption advisor has been working for decades helping Moroccan children through her humanitarian efforts with Moroccan orphans and orphanages throughout Morocco.
Adopt Abroad continues to support a variety of humanitarian projects with Moroccan orphanages.
In 2011 Adopt Abroad helped 25 Moroccan children find their forever families!
Adopt Abroad has been working with in Morocco since 2008. We estimate the process for an adoption from Morocco will take between 3-16 months, from dossier to completion, depending on the child and gender of the child you are seeking to adopt. Primarily, there are male children available for adoption and female child referrals are not common. Your wait time will likely be at the shorter end of this range if you are open to a male child, a special needs child or an older child from Morocco.
- Adopt Abroad's Background in Morocco
- About Moroccan children for Adoption
- Available Children in Morocco
- Eligible Adoptive Parent(s)
- The Adoption Process
- Travel for your Moroccan Adoption
- Morocco: The Country
Adopt Abroad's Moroccan program fees are comprehensive. As with all our adoption programs, you will be met at the airport and escorted to all official appointments during your Moroccan adoption. Our Moroccan facilitator will assist you and be with you in the region for the official appointments. We can arrange or recommend lodging in the region either at a hotel or apartment. The fees for lodging in Morocco are paid directly to the hotel/apartment; Adopt Abroad does not charge any additional fees for these services. Included in your Moroccan adoption fee are driver services and a comfortable air conditioned car- for airport pickup/drop off and official meetings. back to listing >>
The orphans from Morocco, who are well cared for in public or private orphanages, are placed for adoption primarily due to difficult economic circumstances. Moroccan children are available for adoption after a three months waiting period which is reserved for domestic adoptions only. Morocco permits the adoption of more than one child and has very flexible acceptance criteria. Some orphanages will only permit singe child adoptions. There are many beautiful children available, primarily boys. The demand to adopt girls domestically is greater and therefore the wait will be longer. back to listing >>
Children are available from the age of infant to 16 years of age. Adopt Abroad, Inc. will provide you with as much information as we are able to obtain on the Moroccan child. Many children are found abandoned and therefore the medical information available will be limited. The most valuable information on your Moroccan child referral will be obtained when you travel to Morocco to meet your Moroccan child referral.
The medical information, and if available, a history, is critical for evaluating a Moroccan infant referral as this will most likely be the only information available on the child. As a child gets older, their character, personality, temperament, and intelligence become more important. Families will be provided with contact information for physicians who specialize in international adoption, so they can seek an independent medical evaluation. In some regions the adoptive family can have a separate medical evaluation done on their Moroccan child referral, although not all orphanages will permit this practice. back to listing >>
The Moroccan adoption program is open to married couples and single women. Some orphanages will allow you to adopt more than one child in a single adoption process. You may also have other children in the home, although preference is given to childless couples and those with 1-2 children. Morocco is flexible regarding the age of the adoption parents. Families must respect the child's religious heritage. back to listing >>
Families will adopt under the local adoption laws known as kafala. The Moroccan adoption process is similar to guardianship in advance of adoption. We have used the term "adoption" throughout this information, adoptive families considering adopting a Moroccan child should think of the Moroccan process more as custody in advance of adoption. In Morocco, this guardianship is referred to as kafala. Americans considering adoption of Moroccan children must obtain kafala custody from a Moroccan court and subsequently adopt the child in the United States.
Prospective adoptive parents will compile a dossier that will be submitted to the Judge of Minors Affairs in Morocco. In the application, the family describes the child they are seeking to adopt from Morocco. Once the family has been approved, they will receive a referral, usually within a few months. back to listing >>
Adoption Travel: 2-3 trips depending upon family circumstances and the region where the referral is from. The adoptive family's dossier will be submitted to the regional Judge of Minors Affairs. Once your Moroccan adoption application has been approved parents are invited to travel to meet the children. This first visit will be about 2-3 business days. This is a short visit to meet the child and accept the referral. In some orphanages in Morocco you may be able to have the child evaluated by an independent physician in Morocco.
After this, the in-country adoption process begins. You will be escorted through the process by our local Moroccan facilitators who are familiar with the in-country adoption process. The second Moroccan adoption trip is approximately 6-8 weeks later, but this depends on the paperwork status of the child. This second trip is about 3-4 weeks duration leaving time for termination and paperwork. Both adoptive parents must appear for the court hearing during this visit. One parent can then leave earlier, usually 8-10 days into the trip. The Moroccan kafala adoption will be finalized in country.
Once the Moroccan judge has declared the adoptive parents to be the legal guardians of the child, the U.S. side of the adoption process can begin. Families will travel to the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca for the exit interview. Families must readopt their Moroccan kafala/adopted child in the USA, so that the child can receive U.S. citizenship. back to listing >>
Morocco is the crossroad of Africa, Europe, and the Middle-East. This country is located in North Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, southern border with Western Sahara, and eastern border with Algeria. Morocco's well known cities include Rabat (capital), Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Meknes, and Tangier.
Morocco is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
Moroccans are predominantly Sunni Muslims of Arab, Berber, or mixed Arab-Berber ancestry. The Arabs brought Islam, along with Arabic language and culture, to the region from the Arabian Peninsula during the Muslim conquests of the 7th century. Today, there remains a Jewish community of approximately 5,000, and a largely expatriate Christian population of 5,000, who enjoy religious freedom and full civil rights in Morocco.
Arabic is Morocco's official language, but French is widely taught and serves as the primary language of commerce and government. Moroccan colloquial Arabic, Darija, is composed of a unique combination of Arabic, Berber and French dialects. Along with Arabic, about 10 million Moroccans, predominantly in rural areas, also speak one of the three Moroccan Berber dialects (Tarifit, Tashelhit, and Tamazight). Spanish is also used in the northern part of the country.
Moroccohas a moderate, subtropical climate, cooled by breezes from the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Inland, the temperatures can be quite extreme, getting very hot in the summer and quite cold in the winter. back to listing >>
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