Adopting from Ghana
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Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS won the 2008 presidential election and took over as head of state, but he died in July 2012 and was constitutionally succeeded by his vice president John Dramani MAHAMA, who subsequently won the December 2012 presidential election.
Ghana Adoption Alert
Hague Convention Information
Ghana is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). For more information please read about Ghana and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Ghana has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Ghana.
How to Adopt
The process for adopting a child from Ghana generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an Adoption Service Provider
- Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
- Be Matched with a Child
- Adopt (or gain custody of) the child in Ghana
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
- Bringing Your Child Home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Ghana.
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. To learn more about this process please read Traveling Abroad in Ghana.
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 Ghana
The Consular Section is located in the Embassy at: 24 Fourth Circular Road. Cantonments, Accra Tel: (233) (21) 741-000 Fax: (233) (21) 741-389 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or AccraAdoption@state.gov Internet: [[[ghana]].usembassy.gov/ U.S. Embassy Ghana]
The Department of Social Welfare Client Services Unit P.O. Box M230 Accra, Ghana Tel: 233-21-662-857
Embassy of Ghana
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
National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=ghana