Who Can Adopt from Egypt

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To bring an adopted child to United Stated from Egypt, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Egypt also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:


There are no residency requirements provided that the prospective parents have satisfied the Egyptian legal requirements and are awarded legal custody with the right to remove the child from Egypt for immigration. For guardianship, a lawyer can move the prospective parent's case through the court system without the guardians being present. However, at least one of the prospective parents applying for guardianship or fostering needs to be able to show proof of Egyptian citizenship (e.g. an Egyptian passport or national ID card).

Age of Adopting Parents

Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old and not more than 55 years old.


Only married couples can foster or obtain guardianship of an orphan in Egypt.


While there are no specific income requirements, the prospective adoptive family's income should be enough to cover the basic needs of the family including the child.


At least one of the prospective parents should be of Egyptian nationality. The number of children in the family should not exceed two unless they are old enough to depend on themselves. The family is not allowed to provide care for more than one child until they obtain an approval from the Ministry of Social Affairs. The foster mother should have enough time to take care of the child as well as the other family members. Egyptian law does not allow for same-sex couples to apply for adoption.

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