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Samoa, located in the region of the South Pacific known as Polynesia, is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. Samoa is roughly midway between Fiji and New Zealand. The islands have narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in the interior. The two main islands are Upolu and Savaii. The capital, Apia, and the international airport are on Upolu. The official languages are Samoan and English. Samoan is the native language of most of the population. English is widely understood and spoken in the capital of Apia as well as many tourist resorts; however, it is less commonly understood in the villages.
All adoptions in Samoa are completed through a collaborative effort with a Samoan attorney, the Samoan Victim Support Group (SVSG) and Samoan government officials of the social service offices and Attorney General’s office who handle international adoptions and orphan care in Samoa.
Married couples and singles may adopt from Samoa. Married couples must be between 23-55 years of age. Singles must be at least 24 years old at the time of the I-600A filing and 25 years old at the time of the I-600 filing. Applicants must be in good health, show financial stability and the ability to provide financially and emotionally for a child through adulthood. Canadian residents may be eligible to adopt from Samoa subject to the approval of their home study agency and approval by their provincial authority
You receive a proposed match of a child from Nightlight Christian Adoptions in collaboration with SVSG. The child’s documents will include a medical examination of the child, a photo of the child, applicable consents and legal paperwork and any available known history. 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 the proposed match, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You will then wait to complete the legal adoption process in Samoa, apply for the child’s visa, then wait for an invitation to travel to Samoa to bring your child home. Most families invited to travel will receive approximately a four week notice prior to travel. When you are invited to travel, you will know the date of your embassy visa appointment (U.S. families). U.S families travel to Samoa to be united with their child(ren), and then travel to Auckland, New Zealand to attend the child’s visa medical appointment, the embassy appointment, and receive the child’s Orphan Visa.
Canadian families only travel to Apia Samoa to bring their child home. Both parents are not required to travel to bring the child home.
Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.
Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your home study provider. Your home study provider will prepare a full post-adoption reports and submit them to Nightlight Christian Adoptions at 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months from the date of placement and pictures of the child with family, every three months for the first year e-mailed to the parents’ program director. Reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to showing the Samoan Government and birth families that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by the U.S. Department of State. Therefore, Nightlight charges a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post placement report in advance.
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