Adopting from Cote d'Ivoire
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About Cote d'Ivoire
Close ties to France following independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment all made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states but did not protect it from political turmoil. In December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government. To learn more, read About Cote d'Ivoire.
Hague Convention Information
Côte d’Ivoire is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). To learn more, read about Cote d'Ivoire and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the numerous requirements in order to adopt a child from Côte d’Ivoire. To learn more, please read about Who Can Adopt from Cote d'Ivoire.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Côte d’Ivoire has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more about these requirements, please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Cote d'Ivoire.
How to Adopt
The process for adopting a child from Côte d’Ivoire generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an adoption service provider
- Apply to be found eligible to adopt
- Be matched with a child
- Adopt the child in Côte d’Ivoire
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
- Bring your child home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Cote d'Ivoire.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. To learn more, read about Traveling Abroad in Cote d'Ivoire.
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some places to start your support group search:
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire
U.S. Embassy Abidjan 01 B.P. 1712, Abidjan 01 Côte d'Ivoire Tel: (225) 22-49-40-00 Fax: (225) 22-49-42-02 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: [abidjan.usembassy.gov U.S. Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire]
Côte d’Ivoire Adoption Authority
Mr. le Directeur Direction de la Protection Sociale Direction Générale des Affaires Sociales Ministère d’Etat, Ministère de l’Emploi, des Affaires Sociales et de la Solidarité BP V 200 Abidjan 01 Tel: (225) 20 322 683 or 20 324 233
Monsieur le Président
Tribunal de Première Instance d'Abidjan BP V 33 Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire Tel: (225) 20 223 586
Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire
Côte d’Ivoire also has consulates in: San Francisco, Stamford (CT), Orlando, Houston, and Detroit.
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, N.W. (SA-29) Washington, DC 20520 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: AskCI@state.gov Internet: [[[adoption]].state.gov U.S. Department of State]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures: National Customer Service Center (NCSC) Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) Internet: [uscis.gov USCIS]
National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov