Adopting from Cote d'Ivoire

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The official flag.



A street market in Abidjan.

An Ivorian woman.



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Laundry in the river in Abidjan.


Street scene.

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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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 Cote d'Ivoire

Close ties to France following independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment all made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states but did not protect it from political turmoil. In December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government. To learn more, read About Cote d'Ivoire.

Hague Convention Information

Côte d’Ivoire 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, read about Cote d'Ivoire and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the numerous requirements in order to adopt a child from Côte d’Ivoire. To learn more, please read about Who Can Adopt from Cote d'Ivoire.

Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Côte d’Ivoire has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more about these requirements, please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Cote d'Ivoire.

How to Adopt

The process for adopting a child from Côte d’Ivoire 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 Côte d’Ivoire
  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 Cote d'Ivoire.

Traveling Abroad

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. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. To learn more, read about Traveling Abroad in Cote d'Ivoire.

After Adoption

Cote d'Ivoire has no post adoption requirements.

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:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Adoption Services Support Groups for adopting Persons

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

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire

U.S. Embassy Abidjan 01 B.P. 1712, Abidjan 01 Côte d'Ivoire Tel: (225) 22-49-40-00 Fax: (225) 22-49-42-02 Internet: [ U.S. Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire]

Côte d’Ivoire Adoption Authority

Mr. le Directeur Direction de la Protection Sociale Direction Générale des Affaires Sociales Ministère d’Etat, Ministère de l’Emploi, des Affaires Sociales et de la Solidarité BP V 200 Abidjan 01 Tel: (225) 20 322 683 or 20 324 233

Monsieur le Président

Tribunal de Première Instance d'Abidjan BP V 33 Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire Tel: (225) 20 223 586

Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire

Embassy of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire 2424 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, Telephone: (202) 797-0300.

Côte d’Ivoire also has consulates in: San Francisco, Stamford (CT), Orlando, Houston, and Detroit.

Office of Children’s Issues

U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, N.W. (SA-29) Washington, DC 20520 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: Internet: [[[adoption]] 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