Nepal - Non-Hague Country
ADOPTIVE FAMILY REQUIREMENTS
Age of adopting parents: Applicants must be at least 30 years older than the child they hope to adopt.
Marriage: Heterosexual couples. Applicants must be married for at least four years prior to filing an adoption application.
Single applicants: Heterosexual single women between the age of 35 and 55 may apply.
Income: No income requirements. Applicants must meet the US State Department poverty guidelines.
Children in the home: Applicants who currently have a biological or adopted child in their home may only adopt a child of the opposite sex is younger than that child living in their home currently. The only exception to this policy will be if the applicants are adopting a sibling of a child they have previously adopted.
Residency: No residency requirements.
CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION FROM NEPAL
Children under the age of 16 may be adopted. At present there are children between the ages of 6 to 16 eligible for intercountry adoption from Nepal. Under current Nepal law only children who have been relinquished directly to an orphanage may be eligible for adoption. The children are relinquished to the child welfare authority at the Chief District Office of each district. Each district office will report directly to the central authority on adoption in Nepal, the Nepal Home Ministry. The children available for adoption must be at the children’s home for minimum of 90 days for they are considered eligible for intercountry adoption.
Timeframe: The timeframe for adopting a child from Nepal varies in length and is at this point impossible to predict.
Post Placement Reporting: Required. Adopt Abroad will require post placement reporting. In addition the government of Nepal will require annual reports until the child reaches 16 years of age.
Nepal is located in South Asia. Nepal was closed to the outside world until 1950. It is a landlocked country bordered by China to the north and to the south, east and west by India. Nepal is famous for the Himalayan Mountains and approximately three quarters of its land mass is covered in mountains. Nepal has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest.
Nepal is a Federal Democratic Republic and has a population of approximately 27 million people. 81.3 % of the population practice Hinduism, 9% of the population practice Buddhism. Katmandu is the nation’s largest city and is the capital of Nepal.
Nepal is a developing country with a low income economy. Nepal ranks 145th of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI) as of 2014. Nepal continues to struggle with high levels of hunger and poverty.