Adopting from Senegal

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Girls in Saint-Louis.

A street market in Malem-Hodar.

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

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About Senegal

The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. To learn more please read About Senegal.

Senegal Adoption Alert

There are adoption alerts for Senegal. To learn more and keep current please read the Senegal Adoption Alert page.

Hague Convention Information

Senegal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Senegal.

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Senegal on December 1, 2011. However, Senegal has not yet implemented procedures for the processing of Convention adoptions and the Government of Senegal announced in February 2012 that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing the Hague Adoption Convention. Transition cases where an adoption dossier was filed with Senegal prior to December 1, 2011, may be completed under the previous “orphan” process.

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has not been provided with an expected date by which Senegal will fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention. Please continue to monitor for updated information.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Senegal and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

Senegal’s Adoption Authority

Directrice de l’Education Suveillée et de la Protection Sociale (DESPS) Ministere de la Justice Rue 9 Allées Seydou Nourou Tall X Bourguiba Point E lot 2 – BP 14736 Dakar Peytavin Tel: +221-33-824-14-79 Email:

U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal

Avenue Jean XXIII, angle Rue Jacques Bugnicourt - BP 49 Tel: (221) 33 829 2100 Fax: (221) 33 822-5903 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy in Senegal


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