Nigeria Adoption – All States

nigeriaFlagA Family in Bloom Adoption has significant experience acting as Primary Provider for adoptions from the following Nigerian States for dual citizen Nigerian-Americans: Abia, Abuja, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benin City, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, and Rivers, with new cases pending from other regions. At least one and usually both of the adoptive parents need to be dual Nigerian-American citizens to adopt from all but Lagos State. Please see the separate Nigeria – Lagos Program for more information. Lagos, Akwa Ibom, and Cross Rivers have different regulations for their adoption process than the other Nigerian States.

As is the case with all international adoptions to the US, at least one of the adoptive parents must have American citizenship and the other parent, a US permanent residency card. Nigerians adopting from their native country can adopt family members or children legally available for adoption from orphanages through the Nigerian State Adoption Authority (Ministry of Social Welfare or equivalent). In order for a child to receive a US Immigrant visa, they must meet orphan status under US law. The US Consulate can conduct their own full field investigations in order to verify the authenticity of the information provided about the child.

Our agency evaluates carefully each potential adoption case from Nigeria on its own merits. A Family in Bloom Adoption, which is based in Colorado, partners with different agencies throughout the United States who will conduct the necessary home study and post-placement work for the adoptive family.

A Family in Bloom Adoption’s Primary Provider fee for the International Adoption Administration work is $5,000 for the adoption of one child, $6,000 for the adoption of a sibling, and $7,000 for the adoption of non- siblings simultaneously. Our agency offers optional services of different types for additional minor fees to support families’ adoption process.

The information about the requirements for Nigerian adoption below is transcribed directly from the U.S. Department of State’s Intercountry Adoption Page for Nigeria.

Who Can Adopt

lagosIn addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from Nigeria:

  • Minimum Residency: There is no specific minimum residence requirement to be eligible to adopt in Nigeria, however, prospective adoptive parents maybe required to stay in Nigeria for a minimum of a few months to two years to bond with the child before petitioning a court to adopt. Each state determines the length of time for the required bonding period.
  • Age of Adopting Parents: In Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and 21 years older than the child. For married couples, at least one parent must meet the age requirements.
  • Marriage: Both single individuals and married couples may adopt. Note that a single person will not be allowed to adopt a child of the opposite sex except in extraordinary circumstances. In most states, married couples must adopt jointly. If married, both members of the couple must be Nigerian citizens (with the exception of Lagos and Ogun states). In a case where only one member of a married couple adopts the child, only the adoptive parent’s name should be listed on the Nigerian birth certificate and the other parent’s name should be left blank. Same-sex married couples are explicitly not allowed to adopt children in Nigeria.
  • Minimum Income: Nigeria does not have any income requirements for intercountry adoptions.

Please contact us to learn more about our international adoption services.