Nightlight began offering adoption services for the children of the nation of Nigeria in 2016. Nigeria is located in West Africa and has the largest population on the continent of Africa. For this reason, it is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja and the largest city is Lagos. The fees for adoption from Nigeria are reasonable, and it is estimated that the process will take approximately 1.5 years from application to adoption completion depending upon the type of child you are seeking to adopt.
Nightlight Christian Adoptions has partnered with a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nigeria known as Morgan Hill Children’s Foundation. Their mission is to promote literacy, education, care, support, and to empower children. Children in Nigeria are often abandoned due to poverty, social problems, and parental illness. Nightlight is committed to helping families prepare for the adoption of children from Nigeria by providing educational information to assist with potential developmental delays and health issues.
To learn more about adopting from Nigeria, you may contact us, call our office at (502) 423-5780, or email inquiries to Celeste at email@example.com.
View Children Available For Adoption Here. There are children 2-15 years old available in Nigeria. Children that are 2-5 years old often have some minor identified special need(s) and children that are 5+ years old do not. There are however, children also available that do have more significant identified special need(s) of all ages. The wait time will be the longest for healthy children under the age of 5 years old. Children living in poverty and raised in institutional care often have both developmental and emotional needs. There are also children available for adoption that have minor and correctable to moderate and severe special needs. Children who would otherwise have little hope for a future can have a better life with the emotional and physical security that a loving family can offer, along with the availability of excellent medical care in the United States. There are also sibling groups available for adoption.
Married couples over 25 years and singles over age 35 old may adopt from Nigeria. Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years older than the child they wish to adopt. Single women will not be permitted to adopt a child of a different gender or a child over the age of 5. Nigeria does not allow adoptive parents who are diagnosed a mental health condition to adopt. This includes more mild anxiety and depression. Certain factors could keep you from adopting in general or from Nigeria in particular, as each country has its own rules as to who can adopt. Before applying, please consult with Nightlight regarding any sensitive issues that may apply to you, such as a divorce, a mental health issue, or a criminal history.
You receive a referral of a child from Nightlight Christian Adoptions. The referral will include a photo, brief social history of the child, the current health and development of the child, and lab test results for HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Sickle cell, Syphilis and TB. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. Once you receive permission to travel from the Ministry, you will then make plans to travel to Nigeria for the bonding period. You will need to make plans to travel to a Nigerian consulate before you leave to obtain a visa before you are able to fly to Nigeria.
Families are required to take two separate trips to Nigeria. The first trip is a minimum of 12 weeks for the bonding and court processes. After the adoption is finalized in the court, you will return home and file the I600 with USCIS to apply for the child’s visa. After the I-600 application is submitted, the Embassy in Lagos performs the I604 investigation. This I604 investigation can take several months and there is little communication from the Embassy about your case during this time. Once the case is approved, you will receive an Email from USCIS and your case will be returned to the US embassy in Lagos to schedule the visa interview. You will return to Nigeria for the second trip at that time which requires about 1-2 weeks in country. Both parents must be present for the first trip at the start of the bonding period as well as for court. The in-country stay gives you time to visit and live with your child daily and to begin the bonding process. It is also a great time to learn more about the culture and history of Nigeria.