Who Can Be Adopted from Mali

Children playing soccer, Dogon region.

Because Mali is party to The Hague Adoption Convention, children from Mali must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Mali have determined that placement of the child within Mali has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests. In addition to Mali’s requirements, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee to be eligible for an immigrant visa that will allow you to bring him or her to the United States.


Relinquishment: None specified.

Abandonment: An Adoption Filiation can occur only when the child has been abandoned, with parents either unknown or deceased, and no other parent is capable of caring for the child.

Age of Adoptive Child: An Adoption Filiation can occur only when the child is under five years of age.

Sibling Adoptions: None specified.

Special Needs or Medical Conditions: None specified.

Waiting Period or Foster Care: None specified.

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