Adopt Abroad Inc.
Sierra Leone Adoption Program 

Sierra Leone

Children Available

Children from around age 1 to 16 years of age, with most children being toddler and older. Siblings and the adoption of unrelated children is possible. Ethnicity - African, dark skin, hair and eyes. A request for a specific gender is possible.

Adoptive Parent Criteria

Marriage Requirements: Married, heterosexual couples or single women are accepted.

Age Requirements: Adoptive parents must be between the ages of 25 and 55 and at least 21 years older than the child they want to adopt. A relative of the child need only be twenty-one years old.

Income Requirements: None
Religion Requirements: None

Travel Requirements

Sierra Leone Adoptions2-3 trips are required. The initial trip will be to meet your child and will be about 5-7 days in country. Only one parent must travel for the first trip. After the first trip is a mandatory fostering or guardianship period of six months. The second trip takes place around 6-8 months after the first trip and will be the court hearing. Both parents required for court hearing. The second trip lasts about 7-10 days. The issuing of the child's visa may take several months and therefore families may have to make a third trip which is a short 2-3 day trip to pick the child up.


Adopt Abroad Sierra Leone Adoption Program Fee Schedule (PDF).

Please contact Adopt Abroad for further information.

Time Frame

The Sierra Leone adoption program is a pilot program. The time frames can be unpredictable. Estimated time from dossier submission to picking up your child is 10-24 months.

Post Adoption Requirements

The Sierra Leone adoption process is final in country. Your child will travel on an IR 3 visa back to the USA. Post placement visits and reports are required at 1 month and 6 months after placement.

Sierra Leone Adoptions

Information on Sierra Leone

History and Cultural Facts of Sierra Leone
History of Sierra Leone
Country Reports

Travel Requirements, Visas
Sierra Leone Travel

Waiting Children

Many countries allow the publishing of photos and information on needy waiting children. Photos and information can only be published on a secure web site to protect the children. Please visit our waiting children webpage.

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