Nightlight Inter-Country Adoption Programs Quick Look

Though each country has their own eligibility requirements, there are certain points of eligibility that Nightlight has as well that you would be required to meet before moving forward with any program. You can find a full list of eligibility requirements on our International page. Some of the general requirements to consider include:

  • At least one parent must be 25 years old.
  • There should be no more than 45 years age difference between the age of the youngest adoptive parent and the age of the child.
  • Adoptive parents must be married a minimum of 2 years
  • If living in the US, at least one parent must be a US citizen.
  • If not residing in the US, one parent must be US citizens.

This spread sheet is intended to give you an overall comparison between Nightlight’s various inter-country programs. The information is abbreviated and some additional criteria may apply. Please ask for complete information on the country or countries of greatest interest to you from our international inquiry specialists at 859-263-9964 or www.nightlight.org

CountryAverage Time Start to FinishAge of Children AvailableTrip(s)Referral TimeProgram FeeTravel and Other CostsParent's AgeOther Child RestrictionsSinglesPP/PA ReportsHague CountryInquiry Specialist

Albania

2-3 years2-7 years special needs 8-15 years non-special needs1-2 (14+42)1-2 years$18,500$21,980- $38,72525 and upNosingle females only5YesLynn
Bulgaria 1-4 years1-15 years w/ special needs or siblings2 (6+3 to 10)2-4 years$25,500$14,670- $23,17525 -55Nosingle females only7YesGracie
Burkina Faso 2.5-4.5 years3+ mild to severe special needs older non-special needs1 (15)1-3 years$27,000$17,560- $29,17530-551 or less (unless a special needs child)Noup to 18 yearsYesGracie
China 1-3 years3+ years special needs1 (15)1-3 years$15,340$16,336- $27,040min 30 max 50 years between parent/child5 or less; youngest ≥3 yearssingle females onlyup to 18 yearsYesGracie
Colombia *contact coordinator for info for heritage families1-2 years2-10 years special needs 10 years+ non-special needs/siblings (specification of gender not allowed)1 (4-6 weeks)1-6 months (*12-18 months for heritage families)$20,500$16,750- $25,855min 25 max 45 years between parent/child*NoYes5-7YesRebecca
CountryAverage Time Start to FinishAge of Children AvailableTrip(s)Referral TimeProgram FeeTravel and Other CostsParent's AgeOther Child RestrictionsSinglesPP/PA ReportsHague CountryInquiry Specialist
Dominican Republic 2.5-4.5 years1.5-15 years1-21-3 years$21,000$15,315- $28,000min 30 min 15 years between parent/childNoNo8YesLiana
Ecuador 1-3 years2-6 years special needs 6-16 years non-special needs1 (8-10 wks)1-2 years$20,000$13,9915- $23,66525-51Nosingle females only5YesGracie
Haiti 4+ years6+ years (most 8+)2 (15+6)2+ years$27,000$13,983- $20,96830 to 50Nosingle females only9YesKarson
Honduras 2-4 years5+ years (most 8+)1-2 (10+28)2-3 years$14,500$16,875- $31,57025 to 60Nosingle females onlyup to 18 yearsYesLynn
China (Hong Kong)Waiting Child Program18 months1 year+ special needs1 (7)6-10 months$11,000$12,905- $19,19525 and upNosingle females only5YesGracie
CountryAverage Time Start to FinishAge of Children AvailableTrip(s)Referral TimeProgram FeeTravel and Other CostsParent's AgeOther Child RestrictionsSinglesPP/PA ReportsHague CountryInquiry Specialist
India 2-3 years18 mos+ special needs 10+ years non-special needs 7+ siblings1 (1.5-4 weeks)1-3 years+$16,750$12,710- $20,75025 and up2 or less (unless a special needs child) maintain birth ordersingle females only6YesYesenia
Jamaica Relative adoption only18 monthsRelative Onlycase by casecase by case$6,000$8,550- $20,17025 and upcase by casecase by casecase by caseNoLynn
Liberia Relative adoption only Not accepting new clients at this time9 months - 2 years0-16 years1-2 (Varies)NA$14,150- $17,850$11,585- $18,74025 and up, 18 years older than the childNocase by case2-4NoSonja
Mexico 2-3 years3+ years special needs 8+ non-special needs3-4 (varies)12-24 months$19,100$15,220- $26,765min 25 max 45 years between parent/childNoYes6YesApril
Nigeria 2-3 years2-15 years minor/non-special needs2 (12 weeks + 2-3 weeks)(age 0-2) 2+ years (age 3+) 1+ years (age 8+) 6 months$16,700$25,795- $38,99525 and upmaintain birth ordersingle females onlyup to 18 yearsNoCeleste
CountryAverage Time Start to FinishAge of Children AvailableTrip(s)Referral TimeProgram FeeTravel and Other CostsParent's AgeOther Child RestrictionsSinglesPP/PA ReportsHague CountryInquiry Specialist
Philippines  2-4 years2-10 yrs moderate to severe special needs1 (5-7)  1-3 years$17,350-$18,050$16,143-$19,80327 and upNosingle females only4YesViktoriia
Portugal 2-3 years7 years+ special needs or sibling group 12 years+ non-special needs1 (6-8 weeks)1-2 years$18,250$18,810- $33,14025 and up singles 30 and up max 60NoYes5+YesViktoriia
ROC Taiwan2 years3 years+ moderate special needs 5 years+ non-special needs1-2 (7-42+2-7)6-12 months$20,500$13,665- $21,48525 to 553 or lessNo8NoLiana
Samoa Not accepting new clients at this time5-7 years1.5-5 years mild to severe special needs 5+ non-special needs1 (10-14 months)up to 5 years$31,450$13,153- $26,69923-55Nosingle females only3NoViktoriia
Ukraine Not accepting new clients at this time10-12 months4+ years severe special needs 8-10 years+ mild/moderate special needs3 (15+3+21)2-3 months$19,000$8,365- $14,88521 and upNoNoup to 18 yearsNoViktoriia
United Kingdom Relative Adoption Only18 monthsRelative Only3+ (90)1-2 years$8,000$9,173- $19,94321 and upNoYescase by caseYesRhonda
CountryAverage Time Start to FinishAge of Children AvailableTrip(s)Referral TimeProgram FeeTravel and Other CostsParent's AgeOther Child RestrictionsSinglesPP/PA ReportsHague CountryInquiry Specialist
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