Adopting from Namibia

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Sand dunes in Namib Desert.

Children in Khorixas.


Zambezi River.

Namibian children.


Quivertree Forest, Bushveld.

A Namibian child.

Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.

About Namibia

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

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet multiple requirements in order to adopt a child from Namibia. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Namibia.

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

Adoption Authority

Namibia’s Adoption Authority

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Namibia generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an adoption service provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. Adopt the child in Namibia
  5. Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
  6. Bring your child home

To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Namibia.

Traveling Abroad

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.

After Adoption

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:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Namibia

Address: 14 Lossen St., Ausspannplatz, Windhoek Tel: 264+61+295-8500 Fax: 264+61+295-8603 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy Namibia

Namibia Adoption Authority

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:

Embassy of Namibia

1605 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009-2511 Tel: 202.986.0540 Fax: 202.986.0443 Email: Internet: Embassy of Namibia

Office of Children’s Issues

U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: Internet: 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

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition: National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email:


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information