Ghana

Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Ghana Adoption Program

Our Ghana Adoption Program

We are happy about the current progress and changes in our adoption program in the beautiful country of Ghana. We are now working with three new orphanages and have additional staff in Ghana.  The need for families for children in Ghana is tremendous. The children are orphaned and come to us due to poverty, illness and sometimes death of their biological parents. Despite these hardships, the children remain warm, loving and enthusiastic about life. We know the fears, hopes, anxieties, and dreams of adopting a child. Therefore, we are happy to “hold adoptive parents hands” as we realize that you are putting one of the most profound events in your lives in someone else’s hands. That’s our commitment to the children of Ghana and we love doing it!

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

NEWS

The Government of Ghana has temporarily suspended processing of all adoption cases, including intercountry adoptions, pending Ghana’s review of its current adoption procedures. The U.S. Embassy in Accra is seeking further clarification of the scope and duration of this temporary suspension by the Government of Ghana and how this suspension may effect pending adoptions. The U.S. Embassy will continue processing adoption cases already approved by Ghanaian authorities.

Please review the other alerts and notices posted by the U.S. Department of State HERE

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Adoption Process

Ghana’s International adoption program follows strict guidelines to protect their children. The Ghana Department of Social Welfare (main and regioinal branches) oversee all matters of orphan children in Ghana. The Department of Social Welfare has established a procedure for working with International adoptive families. They follow strict guidelines as well as create a generous paper trail in order to oversee all orphaned children available for International adoption. Children’s House International has been a licensed non-profit agency registered with the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare to operate in Ghana as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) since 2007. It can sometimes take up to 6 months or more for a child to become “paper ready” for International adoption after a family has been matched with the child, and then another 4 to 6 months before the child is ready to travel to his or her new home.

  • Abandonment or relinquishment documents from a birth parent or guardian are taken and registered.
  • In the meantime, the child is placed officially in an orphanage.
  • A medical examination is done on the child.
  • • Once the child is identified as eligible for international adoption their paperwork is sent to the Department of Social Welfare and a referral to a perspective adoptive parent is issued.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Children Available

Children Waiting For Families in Ghana

Most of the children available for adoption in Ghana have no apparent medical need and are 3 years of age and older or sibling groups. Babies will only be referred on rare occasions and are generally part of a sibling group. All children will have a full medical screening (that includes testing for Hepatitis B and HIV) and some social information will be provided.

Though most of the children referred for adoption from Ghana are relatively healthy, we anticipate normal levels of children with correctable special needs, such as cleft lip and palate, birthmarks, heart conditions, and clubbed hands or feet.  Children with special needs are where our hearts have always been drawn. They are the children that need us most. Many of these children’s medical needs may be easily treated or repaired in the U.S. and simply have not been addressed in the orphanage due to a lack of resources. Many older and special needs children currently need adoptive families.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping you to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals respect your confidentiality as we work together to educate you about adoption, and to create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is the first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

An approved home study, preferably completed by a COA Hague accredited social worker, will ensure that all of the Ghanaian requirements for families are met during the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and a check of your financial stability. Your home study is the foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint check). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US Embassy, enter the US and become a citizen.

Ghana Adoptive Parent Requirements

  • • Married couples must be at least 25 years of age and under 50. Couples where one parent is over 50 may adopt on a case by case basis.
  • • Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years older than the child(ren) they intend to adopt.
  • • Families with up to 6 children may adopt, but smaller families are preferred by Ghana Dept. of Social Welfare. The family size limit is often waved when the family wishes to adopt children with permanent special needs.
  • Home Study and approval is required
  • USCIS clearance (Immigration approval)
  • For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Travel Process

Travel requirements for an adoption from Ghana vary and can sometimes even change, depending on the region where your child lives, the desires of the current Judge and possibly the Social Welfare Board.  You should plan on two trips of approximately one week each during your adoption process.  Our in country staff are professional and well-versed in the adoption procedure and will make sure that all necessary steps are completed as smoothly as possible. Once you exit the plane, our in country staff will assist you with hotels, transportation, official meetings, etc. during your entire stay in Ghana.

The benefits of our agency’s travel program
  • A complete itinerary is reviewed with your international adoption specialist and case manager and given to families before they depart.
  • We have a long-term relationship with our travel partners which allow our families to have personalized travel at an affordable price.
  • You won’t need to worry about being alone in Ghana; our staff will help you through every stage of your stay.
We help with the following services:
  1. Arranging meetings with the Orphanage, Social Welfare Board, Court and any other office relative necessary to complete your adoption. Planning the schedules for visiting adoptive families including local transportation and personal drivers.
  2. Arranging accommodations and meals.
  3. Assist with adoption formalities and paperwork, sightseeing, and any requested shopping.
  4. Assist with consulate paperwork, medical exams, and visa issuance.
  5. Provide translator, if needed, for adoptive families through-out their entire stay in Ghana.

Visiting your child’s Orphanage

Whenever possible, our staff is more than happy to arrange a visit to your child’s Orphanage. However, please remember that your child’s Orphanage may not be open to the public, or it may be too far away from Accra where you will be staying, so a visit may not be an option for you.

General Travel Process Timeline

Once we receive your court date we will be able to establish the timing of our travel. After the Judge grants your adoption, your child will be issued a new birth certificate and Ghanaian Passport.  After those new documents are issued, your child will need a physical exam by an Embassy physician. We will then work to set up your U.S. Consulate appointment and give you a time frame to travel and bring your child home.

Sightseeing and Touring in Ghana

Some people want to spend a few days at the beginning of their trip in Ghana sightseeing and shopping. It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and history of your child’s homeland. After all, this may be your last chance to enjoy some rest and relaxation for quite awhile! You are welcome to arrange your own tours and sightseeing expeditions or you may request our assistance to help arrange tours of the major sightseeing venues. If you have specific shopping stops you would like to make or places you would like to visit, you are welcome to include those requests as we finalize your travel plans.

However, because the primary focus of our staff is adoption, they don’t have the resources to expend on arranging elaborate, detailed touring itineraries. If there is something you would like to see or do, don’t hesitate to request this during your pre-travel arrangements and we will let you know if it is feasible.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Waiting Children

Waiting… waiting… waiting… why are these children without families? They are available for international adoption for many reasons. This is most often due to their birth family’s inability to parent based on poverty, illness and/or death of one or both parents. Poverty worldwide creates the need for international adoption, but it is not the only reason.

Education is another common factor. In many countries, birth control is not widely offered nor is it taught in the family, community or in school. Birth mothers also can lack education on how to parent a child or have the capability to earn a living wage to support the child. So education can play a large part in children becoming available for international adoption.

In some situations, when a birth mother does become pregnant she may be shunned by both her family and her community. Many times this leads to desperate situations that force a birth parent to either abandon or relinquish their child.

Sadly, there are other factors that create orphans; war, world-wide famine, drought, and in some countries the AIDS epidemic have also created a need for adoptive parents.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Country Facts

Ghana has been named the friendliest country in Africa. It is a land of tropical beaches and sunshine with a rich heritage and culture that will remain with you forever.

General information about Ghana

Ghana is in Western Africa and is bordered by the Republic of Cote D’Ivorie, Burkina Faso,Togo, and the Gulf of Guinea. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire. Home to approximately 23 million people, Ghana achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is also home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.

Ghanaian people and culture

The Ghanaian people are warm and friendly. Ghana’s population is concentrated along the coast and in the principal cities of Accra and Kumasi. Most Ghanaians descended from migrating tribes that probably came down the Volta River valley at the beginning of the 13th century. Ethnically, Ghana is divided into small groups each speaking its own language and dialect.

Land Divisions

Ghana is divided into 10 administrative regions, subdivided into a total of 138 districts.

Climate

The climate in Ghana is tropical. The eastern coastal belt is warm and comparatively dry; the southwest corner, hot and humid; and the north, hot and dry. There are two distinct rainy seasons in the south-May-June and August-September; in the north, the rainy seasons tend to merge. A dry, northeasterly wind, the Harmattan, blows in January and February. Annual rainfall in the coastal zone averages 33 in.

Government

Ghana was created as a parliamentary democracy at independence in 1957, followed by alternating military and civilian governments. In January 1993, military government gave way to the Fourth Republic after presidential and parliamentary elections in late 1992. The 1992 constitution divides powers among a President, Parliament, Cabinet, Council of State, and an independent judiciary.

Population

23,887,812

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is 59 for males and 60 for females.

Religion

According to the CIA World Factbook, religious divisions within the people of Ghana are as follows: Christian 68.8%, Muslim 15.9%, Traditional African beliefs 8.5%

Language

English is the primary language which is used in business and education. There are 47 local languages.

Currency

1 US Dollar = 1.85 Ghanaian New Cedi as of 5/1/2012.

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