Adopting from Morocco
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In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad al-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. To learn more please read About Morocco.
Morocco Adoption Alert
Hague Convention Information
Morocco 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 please read about Morocco and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Morocco has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for Kafala guardianship. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Morocco.
How to Adopt
Ministry of Justice (Le Ministère de la Justice et des Libertés, Place el Mamounia, Rabat, Morocco)
The process for adopting a child from Morocco generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an adoption service provider
- Apply to be found eligible to obtain legal guardianship
- Be matched with a child
- Obtain legal and physical custody of the child in Morocco
- 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 Morocco.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Morocco. 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 Morocco.
Post-Placement Reporting Requirements
Although Morocco does not generally have post-placement reporting requirements, an individual Kafala court may impose certain post placement obligations on the prospective adoptive parents in the Kafala order. If this is the case, we strongly urge you to comply with those obligations in a timely manner. Your cooperation will contribute to that country’s positive experiences with U.S. citizen parents.
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. Consulate General
8, Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Casablanca Tel: +212 (0) 522-264-550 Fax: +212 (0) 522-204-127 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: U.S. Consulate General
Ministry of Justice Le Ministère de la Justice et des Libertés Place el Mamounia, Rabat, Morocco Tel: +212 (0) 537-732-941 to 946 Fax: +212 (0) 537-734-725 Internet: Ministery of Justice (currently, in Arabic only)
Embassy of Morocco in the United States of America
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures: USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) Internet: USCIS
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=morocco