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

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 Inquiry Specialist

Albania

 

2-3 years

2-7 years special needs

8-15 years non-special needs

1-2

(14+42)

1-2 years $18,500

$21,980-

$38,725

25 and up No single females only 5 Yes Lynn

Bulgaria

 

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

2

(6+3 to 10)

2-4 years $25,500

$14,670-

$23,175

25 and up No single females only 5 Yes Karson

Burkina Faso

2.5-4.5 years

3+ mild to severe special needs

older non-special needs

1

(15)

1-3 years $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)

1-3 years $15,340

$16,336-

$27,040

min 30

max 50 years between parent/child

5 or less; youngest ≥3 years single females only up to 18 years Yes Rebecca

Colombia

*contact coordinator for info for heritage families

 

1-2 years

2-10 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-

$25,855

min 25

max 45 years between parent/child*

No Yes 5-7 Yes April
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 years  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

 Ecuador

1-3 years

2-6 years special needs

6-16 years  non-special needs

1

(8-10 wks)

 1-2 years $20,000 $13,9915- $23,665 25-51 No single females only 5 Yes Rebecca

Haiti

4+ years

6+ years

(most 8+)

2

(15+6)

2+ years $27,000

$13,983-

$20,968

30 to 50 No single females only 9 Yes Karson

Honduras

2-4 years

5+ years

(most 8+)

1-2

(10+28)

2-3 years $14,500

$16,875-

$31,570

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

China

(Hong Kong)Waiting Child Program

18 months 1 year+ special needs

1

(7)

6-10 months $11,000

$12,905-

$19,195

25 and up No single females only 5 Yes Rebecca
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 Inquiry Specialist

India

2-3 years

18 mos+ special needs

10+ years  non-special needs

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 Kate

Jamaica

Relative adoption only

18 months Relative Only case by case case by case $6,000

$8,550-

$20,170

25 and up case by case case by case case by case No Tiffany

Liberia

Relative adoption only

 

Not accepting new clients at this time

9 months – 2 years 0-16 years

1-2

(Varies)

NA

$14,150-

$17,850

$11,585-

$18,740

25 and up, 18 years older than the child No case by case 2-4 No Samantha

Mexico

2-3 years

3+ years special needs

8+ non-special needs

3-4

(varies)

12-24 months $19,100

$15,220-

$26,765

min 25

max 45 years between parent/child

No Yes 6 Yes Daisy

Nigeria

2-3 years

2-15 years

minor/non-special needs

2

(12 weeks + 2-3 weeks)

(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 Kate
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

Portugal

2-3 years

7 years+ special needs or sibling group

12 years+   non-special needs

1

(6-8 weeks)

1-2 years $18,250

$18,810-

$33,140

25 and up

singles 30 and up

max 60

No Yes 5+ Yes Viktoriia

ROC

Taiwan

2 years

3 years+ moderate special needs

5 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 Shannon

Samoa

Not accepting new clients at this time

 

5-7 years

1.5-5 years mild to severe special needs

5+ non-special needs

1

(10-14 months)

up to 5 years $31,450

$13,153-

$26,699

23-55 No single females only 3 No Viktoriia

Ukraine

Not accepting new clients at this time

10-12 months

4+ years severe special needs

8-10 years+ mild/moderate special needs

3

(15+3+21)

2-3 months $19,000

$8,365-

$14,885

21 and up No No up to 18 years No Viktoriia

United Kingdom

Relative Adoption Only

18 months Relative Only

3+

(90)

1-2 years $8,000 $9,173- $19,943 21 and up No Yes case by case 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