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 24 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, both parents 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

Country

Average Time

Start to Finish

Age of Children Available Trip(s) Referral Time Program Fee Travel and Other Costs Parent’s Age Other Child Restrictions Singles PP/PA Reports Hague Country Coordinator

Albania

 

2-3 years

2-7 years

special needs8-15 years

non-special needs

1-2

(14+42)

1-2 years $18,500

$21,980-

$38,725

25 and up No single females only 6 Yes

Anna/

Lisa W

Bulgaria

 

1-4 years 1-15 years w/ special needs or siblings

2

(6+3 to 10)

24-48 months $25,500

$14,670-

$23,865

25 and up No Yes 5 Yes Karson

Burkina Faso

2.5-4.5 years 3+ mild to severe SN, older healthy

1

(15)

12-36 months $27,000

$17,560-

$29,175

30-55

1 or less

(unless a special needs child)

No up to 18 years Yes Samantha

China

1-3 years

3+ years

special needs

1

(15)

12-18 months $15,340

$16,336-

$27,040

min 30

max 50 years between parent/child

5 or less; youngest ≥3 years single females only 6 Yes Rebecca

Colombia

1-2 years

2-10 years

special needs10 years+

non-special needs/siblings

1

(3-6 weeks)

6-18 months $20,500

$16,750-

$25,855

min 25

max 45 years between parent/child

No Yes 5 Yes Renae
Country

Average Time

Start to Finish

Age of Children Available Trip(s) Referral Time Program Fee

Travel and

Other Costs

Parent’s Age Other Child Restrictions Singles PP/PA Reports Hague Country Coordinator

Dominican Republic

2.5-4.5 y  1.5-15 years 1-2  1-3 years $21,000 $15,315- $28,000

min 30

min 15 years between parent/child

No No 8 Yes Samantha

Haiti

4 years+ 6+ yrs healthy and SN, most 8+

2

(15+6)

2 years+ $27,000

$13,983-

$20,968

30 to 50 No single females only 9 Yes Lynn

Honduras

2-4 years 5+, most 8+

1-2

(10 + 28 days)

2-3 years $14,500

$16,875-

$31,570

25 to 60 No single females only up to 18 years Yes

Anna/

Lisa W

China

(Hong Kong)Waiting Child Program

18 months

12 months+

special needs

1

(7)

6-10 months $11,000

$12,905-

$19,195

25 and up No Yes 10 Yes Rebecca

India

2-3 years 18 mos – 15 yrs SN, 10 yrs + healthy and 7+ siblings

1

(1.5-4 weeks)

1-3 years+ $16,750

$12,710-

$20,750

 

25 and up

2 or less

(unless a special needs child)

maintain birth order

single females only 6 Yes Angie
Country

Average Time

Start to Finish

Age of Children Available Trip(s) Referral Time Program Fee

Travel and

Other Costs

Parent’s Age Other Child Restrictions Singles PP/PA Reports Hague Country Coordinator

Jamaica

Relative adoption only

18 months NA Varies Varies $6,000

$8,550-

$20,170

25 and up Varies Varies Varies No Rhonda

Liberia

Relative adoption only

9 mos – 2 years 0-16 years

1-2

(Varies)

NA

$14,150-

$17,850

$11,585-

$18,740

25 and up, 18 yrs older than the child No Yes 2-4 No Samantha

Mexico

2-3 years 3+ years SN, 8+ non SN

3-4

(varies)

12-24 months $20,500

$15,220-

$26,765

min 25

max 45 years between parent/child

No Yes 6 Yes Julie
Nigeria

2-3 years

2-15 years

minor/non special needss

2

(6 weeks + 2-3 weeks)

OR

6+ months

(age 0-2) 2+ years

(age 3+) 1+ years

(age 8+) 6 months

$16,700

$25,795-

$38,995

25 and up maintain birth order single females only up to 18 years No Angie/Becca

ROC

Taiwan

2 years

3 years+

moderate special needs5 years+

non-special needs

1-2

(7-42+2-7)

6-12 months $20,500

$13,665-

$21,485

25 to 55 3 or less No 8 No Liana
Country

Average Time

Start to Finish

Age of Children Available Trip(s) Referral Time Program Fee

Travel and

Other Costs

Parent’s Age Other Child Restrictions Singles PP/PA Reports Hague Country Coordinator

Samoa

Not accepting new clients at this time

 

3-6 years 1.5-5 years mild to severe SN, 5+ healthy

1

(10-14 months)

18-48 months $31,100

$13,153-

$26,699

23-55 No Yes 3 No Samantha

Ukraine

Not accepting new clients at this time

10-12 months

4+ years

severe special needs8-10 years+

mild/moderate special needs

3

(15+3+21)

2-3 months $19,000

$8365-

$14885

21 and up No No Up to 18 years No Viktoriia

United Kingdom

Relative Adoption Only

18 months NA

3+

(90)

12-24 months $8,000 $9,173- $19,943 21 and up No Yes Varies Yes Rhonda
Country

Average Time

Start to Finish

Age of Children Available Trip(s) Referral Time Program Fee

Travel and

Other Costs

Parent’s Age Other Child Restrictions Singles PP/PA Reports Hague Country Coordinator