Adopting from Nigeria
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British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy; independence came in 1960. Following nearly 16 years of military rule, a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. To learn more please read About Nigeria.
Nigeria Adoption Alert
Hague Convention Information
Nigeria is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (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 Nigeria 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 Nigeria. To learn more about these requirements please read Who Can Adopt from Nigeria.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Nigeria has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more about these requirements please read Who Can Be Adopted from Nigeria.
How to Adopt
The Magistrate Court (from the state where the child resides)
The process for adopting a child from Nigeria 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 Nigeria
- 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 Nigeria.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Nigeria. 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 Nigeria.
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:
U.S. Consulate General, Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria Tel: (1) 460-3400 Email: LagosIV@state.gov
U.S. Embassy in Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive Central Business District, Abuja, FCT (Off Independence Avenue/Near the Ministry of Defense) Tel:  (9)461-4262 Fax:  (9)461-4171 Email: Consularabuja@state.gov Website: U.S. Embassy Nigeria
Magistrate Court (where child resides) Embassy of the Republic of Nigeria 3519 International Court, N.W. Washington, DC 20008 Tel: (202) 775-8400 Fax: (202) 775-1385 Internet: Nigeria Adoption Authority
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
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=nigeria