Adopting from Namibia
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South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. To learn more please read About Namibia.
Hague Convention Information
Namibia is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). To learn more please read about Namibia and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Namibia has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more about those requirements, please read Who Can Be Adopted from Namibia.
How to Adopt
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare
The process for adopting a child from Namibia 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 Namibia
- 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 Namibia.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Namibia. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Namibia.
What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some good 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 Namibia
Address: 14 Lossen St., Ausspannplatz, Windhoek Tel: 264+61+295-8500 Fax: 264+61+295-8603 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: U.S. Embassy Namibia
Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Trust Center, Independence Avenue Mail: P.O. Box 13359 Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264-61-283-3164 Fax: +264-61-229569 Email: email@example.com Internet: Namibia Adoption Authority
Embassy of Namibia
Office of Children’s Issues
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