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 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

Anna

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 Savana

Burkina Faso

2.5-4.5 years

3+ mild to severe spcial 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 Savana

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

1-2 years

2-10 years special needs

10 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 5-7 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 Savana

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 Savana

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

Anna

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

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
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 Relative Only Varies Varies $6,000

$8,550-

$20,170

25 and up Varies Varies Varies No Rhonda

Liberia

Relative adoption only

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 single females only 2-4 No Savana

Mexico

2-3 years

3+ years special needs

8+ non-special needs

3-4

(varies)

12-24 months $20,500

$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

(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 Kate

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
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 special needs

5+ non-special needs

1

(10-14 months)

1.5-2 years $31,100

$13,153-

$26,699

23-55 No single females only 3 No Savana

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 Savana

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 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