Adopting from Morocco

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the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.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

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

There have been multiple adoption alerts for Morocco. To learn more please read the Morocco Adoption Alert page.

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

There are multiple guidelines for who can adopt from Morocco. To learn more about these guidelines please read Who Can Adopt from Morocco.

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

Adoption Authority

Morocco’s Adoption Authority

Ministry of Justice (Le Ministère de la Justice et des Libertés, Place el Mamounia, Rabat, Morocco)

The Process

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

  1. Choose an adoption service provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to obtain legal guardianship
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. Obtain legal and physical custody of the child in Morocco
  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 Morocco.

Traveling Abroad

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.

After Adoption

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.

Post-Adoption Resources

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. Consulate General

8, Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Casablanca Tel: +212 (0) 522-264-550 Fax: +212 (0) 522-204-127 Email: Internet: U.S. Consulate General

Morocco ’s Kafala Guardianship Authority:

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

1601 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Tel: 202-462-7979 Fax: 202-265-0161 Internet: Embassy of Morocco

Morocco also has a consulate located in New York City at the following address:

10 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016 (212) 758-2625 Internet: Moroccan Consulate NY

Office of Children’s Issues

CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, D.C. 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: Internet: 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

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition: USCIS 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