Morocco

Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

NEWS

On September 21, 2012, Moroccan Justice Minister El Mostapha Ramid published a notice instructing Moroccan prosecutors to oppose any petitions filed with a juvenile judge seeking the granting of Kafala guardianship decrees to foreign prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) who do not reside in Morocco. In his notice, he asks the prosecutors to emphasize to courts the importance of in-country residency for the Kafala guardianship, to verify whether the prospective adoptive parents reside in Morocco, and to request that judges not issue Kafala orders to foreign PAPs who are not residing in Morocco. The notice states that the new instructions are to ensure the proper application of the existing law. It does not contain any provisions addressing already pending Kafala guardianship petitions.

The Department of State is asking U.S. families who are in the process of applying for guardianship of a Moroccan child to contact the Office of Children’s Issues at: AskCI@state.gov. We ask that you provide information about where you are in the process (i.e., matched with a Moroccan child, matched and met Moroccan child, child’s full name and date of birth, region from which the child is being adopted, documentation showing you are approved to adopt a child with special needs, and/or court date set). This information will help us better understand the number of U.S. citizens who may be affected by this Moroccan notice. Please use the subject line “Intercountry guardianship from Morocco” to ensure your email is properly routed. We are also requesting that your email include an attached completed Privacy Act Waiver (Form DS 5505), even if you have already provided this information to the Department of State or the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca. If you choose to submit a Privacy Act Waiver, please specify on the form with whom the Department may share information regarding your case. You may choose to include the Moroccan government and/or your members of Congress. Please do not send photos, any other documents, or any additional information at this time. Large documents/photos could hamper our ability to access the inbox.

The Office of Children’s Issues will reach out directly to families as additional information becomes available. Any such information that affects U.S. citizens who are in the process of obtaining guardianship of a child from Morocco will also be posted on the State Department’s website (adoption.state.gov).

Please review the other alerts and notices posted by the U.S. Department of State HERE

Morocco Adoption Overview

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Children’s House International is pleased to announce our  Moroccan program. We are currently working with several orphanages in the country and are excited about this program moving forward. Morocco is a beautiful country with loving people who provide excellent care for the children who reside in their orphanages. The culture of Morocco cherishes children. Due to conditions of poverty, some children are abandoned at a young age.

Your time spent in Morocco will be culturally rich and will enable you to understand better the country and background of your child’s heritage.

Why Children’s House International?

We promise attention to detail –We’ll make sure your paperwork is in order so your approvals happen as smoothly as possible.

We will be there to answer your questions and we will always try to get right back with you quickly. We will point you in the direction of useful resources to help in your planning – things like Moroccan adoption Internet groups, books and language resources, qualified specialists in International adoption to answer your medical and developmental questions, and more.

And when it comes time to travel, we’ll arm you with all the information you need to make your trip both successful and pleasurable.

Our goal is to make your adoption journey richly, enjoyable. We know the journey has many lessons to learn, but we’ll be there with you every step of the way.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

Adoption Process

Morocco’s International Adoption program is considered one of the few in the world with younger healthy children waiting for adoption. With several orphanages in the country, we are excited about this program moving forward. Morocco is a beautiful country with loving people who provide excellent care for the children who reside in their orphanages. The culture of Morocco cherishes children. Due to conditions of poverty, some children are abandoned at a young age.

Your time spent in Morocco will be culturally rich and will enable you to understand better the country and background of your child’s heritage.

The prospective adoptive parent/s will begin the process by taking the following steps. They will file an I 600A with the embassy in their country of residence since Morocco has not signed the Hague as of this time.

You will also begin a homestudy with an approved social worker. Please contact our agency before you begin this process to be sure that your social worker is qualified.

Prospective adoptive parents of Moroccan children must be Muslim.

Prospective adoptive parents must also have a letter from a doctor practicing in Morocco indicating that they are in good mental and physical heath and capable of caring for an adopted child.

Once the necessary paperwork for Morocco, known as a dossier, is completed (with the assistance of our staff) and approved, an appointment will be made so the adoptive couple or single mother can travel to the country, meet with our representative in a region of the country and begin the Kafala process. On this first trip many families will receive referral of a child. The referral process in Morocco is generally a “blind referral” process and information of the child will not be known prior to travel. The wait for a referral can range from 3 months to one year, depending on the age and of the child requested.

Once the prospective adoptive parent/s accepts a referral, paperwork will be submitted to the court to get a certificate of abandonment. The process takes 3 to 6 months depending on the individual region where the child resides. The family will come back to Morocco to attend a court hearing and once completed , the family will wait for the child’s birth certificate, Moroccan passport and other documents to be completed. This time period varies.

Upon completion, the adoptive prospective adoptive parent/s will make an appointment with their child at the U.S. embassy in Casablanca where they will have an immigrant visa interview and obtain an IR4 visa. The IR4 visa indicates that the adoption is not final but gives the family permission to go to their U.S. state of residence and finalizing the adoption. Once finalized, the family will get a U.S. court order, a state birth certificate and they will be able to get a passport for their child.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

Children Available

There are hundreds of children waiting for adoption in Morocco. This wonderful program and we are privileged to locate adoptive parents for these children.

Children available for adoption:

  • Most children are between the ages of infants and 12 years of age.

  • Siblings are also available

  • There are far more boys available for adoption generally because the girls are adopted by Moroccan families. The wait time for referral of a girl may be very lengthy. For this reason, we are only accepting families open to referral of a boy.

  • Children with special needs which range from minor to more significant are also available.

  • Children’s House does allow adoption of siblings but does not agree to adoptions of unrelated children except under individual circumstances.

  • Healthy infant boys are also referred.

    • As always in Morocco or any other place in the world when a children have been abandoned there is information on their birth families doesn’t exist, which means there is virtually no background or health history available.

      For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful homestudy plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals’ respect your confidentiality was we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

An approved home study preferably completed by an accredited social worker who will ensure that all of the Morocco requirements for families are met in the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. It is a valuable time for adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US Embassy and enter the US and become a citizen.

Morocco Adoptive Parent Requirements

  • Both married couples and single women can work with Morocco, which makes it a positive program for families who do not meet the requirements of other more restrictive countries.

  • Single women over the age of 25

  • Married couples must be at least 21 years of age and under 55, though older applicants will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

  • Adoptive Parents must be Muslim.

  • Our agency will not allow parents to adopt with any history of domestic violence, sex abuse, child abandonment or abuse.

  • Both parents must go to Morocco to complete placement of their child. Length of stay in Morocco is approximately 10 days on the first trip and may take up to one month on the second trip. There may be an additional trip to Morocco required if there is no suitable child for referral on your first trip.

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

Travel Process

The prospective adoptive family will need to make at least two trips to Morocco. This travel as it truly is a life changing experience and one you can never duplicate.

Our in country representatives are professional and well-versed in adoption procedure and will make sure that all necessary steps are completed smoothly.

Visiting your child’s orphanage

Whenever possible, we are more than happy to arrange a visit to your child’s orphanage. However, please remember that your child’s orphanage may not be open to the public, so a visit may not be an option for you.

General Travel Process Timeline

The first trip will be approximately 10 days at which time you will complete a medical, local police report and attend first court. You will also meet with the Director of the orphanage. If there is a suitable child you will receive your referral.

If there are no children suitable for referral, a family may need to return to Morocco when a child becomes available.

The final trip approximately 3-4 weeks at which time you will attend second court, receive custody of your child and complete all paperwork required to bring your child home with you.

Sightseeing and Touring in Morocco

Many people want to spend a few days at the beginning of their trip in Morocco, and if this is something that interests you we highly recommend it. After all, this may be your last chance to enjoy some rest and relaxation for quite awhile! It’s also a fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and history of your child’s homeland.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

Waiting Children

There are hundreds of children waiting for adoption in Morocco. This wonderful program and have worked with the orphanages to begin a special needs program. We are privileged to locate adoptive parents for these children.

  • Children with special needs which range from minor to more significant are also available.

  • Children’s House does allow adoption of siblings but does not agree to adoptions of unrelated children except under individual circumstances.

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Morocco Adoption Program

Country Facts

From Lonely Planet  

Borders

Algeria closed; Mauritania open but no public transport

Population

34.33 million

Famous fans of Morocco

William S. Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Joe Orton, Tennessee Williams, Brian Jones, Talitha Getty

Money

Dirham (Dh); US$1 = Dh8.15

Capital

Rabat

Phrases

ssalamu’lekum (hello); shukran (thanks); insh’allah (God willing)

Area

446, 550 sq km

Famous for

Humphrey Bogart and Casablanca, Marrakesh, trendy riad hotels, crafts, kaftans, vegetarian delight s

ATMs

Throughout the country except in small villages

Chief of state

King Mohammed VI

Languages

Darija (Moroccan Arabic), French, Berber

More Cultural Information:

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