New Hope for Children has created a partnership in Ghana, Africa to provide loving homes for deserving infants and children through inter-country adoption.
New Hope for Children has created a partnership in Ghana, Africa to provide loving homes for deserving infants and children through inter-country adoption. Directors, Alisa and Tim Karwowski, have traveled to Accra and surrounding regions and have created a team of adoption professionals in-country. New Hope has attorneys, facilitators, drivers and translators for adoptive parents to work directly with while traveling. New Hope for Children is registered as an NGO and is accredited by the Central Adoption Authority to preform services related to international adoption. We are honored to have been given this opportunity to create or expand your family through international adoption and we are grateful to have developed professional and personal relationships with the people you will be working directly with throughout your adoption journey.
A Peek At Ghana, Africa
Ghana is located in West Africa and is sandwiched between Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Togo. The country is slightly smaller than the state of Oregon. The landscape consists mainly of plains and low plateaus covered by rain forests in the west and Lake Volta in the east. There are over 50 different ethnic groups in Ghana, each with their own customs and languages, but the country is harmonious and peaceful. They live mostly in villages and grow their food on farms. Ghanaians love soccer and built a large soccer stadium in the capital of Accra. Soccer is the national sport. Ghana is known for being a friendly and largely safe country.
The orphan database in Ghana currently has over two hundred children listed as being eligible to be adopted by an international family. Children become adoptable by a US couple if there is evidence of one or more of the following documents:
Biological parent(s) relinquishment of custodial rights to the child, death certificate(s) of one or more parent, evidence of abandonment including documentation of attempt to locate parents for a period of time and evidence of not having a suitable local adoptive family.
Process And Timeline For Adopting In Ghana, Africa
As our first clients adopting through Ghana are progressing through their process, we are learning more about working with the Ghanaian government. We are reaching out with more updates about the requirements that you will need to follow, and the estimated timeline in which you can bring your child home.
Post adoption supervision will include a minimum of five visits by your social worker (listed above) and seven post placement reports according to the above listed schedule. New Hope for Children reserves the right to require additional visits.
US Citizenship for Foreign Born Children:
Since your child/ren will be adopted in-country, he/she will gain citizenship on point of entry into the United States per the Child Citizen Act of 2000. The Certificate of Citizenship is automatically mailed to you. It may take anywhere up to 8 weeks for this certificate to be delivered to you.
You will need to fill out a Validation of Foreign Adoption form. This link will bring you to New Hampshire’s form. If you do not live in New Hampshire, you will file this form in your state of residence. https://www.courts.state.nh.us/probate/servicecenters/checklists/checklistfiles/026Validationofadoption.pdf
Next, you can apply for your child’s birth certificate. You can find information for your state of residence online. This is the link for New Hampshire: http://sos.nh.gov/certcopies.aspx
Once you have obtained your child’s birth certificate, you can apply for his/her social security card. Here is a helpful link regarding obtaining a social security card: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5fs.pdf
Your child’s social security card number will be necessary for eligibility for the adoption tax credit. Tax benefits for adoption include both a tax credit for qualified adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child and an exclusion from income for employer-provided adoption assistance. The credit is nonrefundable, which means it’s limited to your tax liability for the year. However, any credit in excess of your tax liability may be carried forward for up to five years. The maximum amount (dollar limit) for 2021 is $14,440 per child if the family has a combined annual income of less than $250,000.
Post adoption requirements for Ghana:
All foreign families who have adopted children in Ghana must agree to submit five post placement reports to the Government of Ghana for the first three years of placement. Failure to do this is a violation of international adoption agreement with Ghana; may result in our Agency’s accreditation revoked and your family being investigated by either government.
The first post placement is due not prior to 6 months and not later than 6 months after the court decision. The second report is due not prior to 11 months and not later than 12 months. The third report is due not prior to 23 months and not later than 24 months. The fourth post adoption report is due not prior to 35 months and not later than 36 months. The final post adoption report is due not prior to 47 months and not after 48 months post adoption.
Snapshot of the Process of adopting a child from Ghana:
Complete home study and application to Department of Social Welfare in Ghana Apply for I800A and gain approval of Petition to Adopt a Child Classified as an Orphan Submit Dossier, receive Article 16, the complete child study report and referral of a child. Once you accept the referral of a child, you may arrange to travel to Ghana to being the one-month fostering period.
• While staying in Ghana, you will need to have an inspection of the home or hotel that you are staying at. Prepare for the trip to be about three weeks. This is an amazing time for you and your child to bond while the child remains in a somewhat familiar environment.
• The Director of Social Welfare will meet with you shortly after arrival in-country. Once he has interviewed you, a clearance letter will be authored on your behalf and submitted to the Minister. This letter permits the beginning of the fostering period. During your fostering period, you will be visited by a social worker who will support the bonding process.
• Please understand that the bonding period does not begin when you land in Ghana, but rather when you meet the child.
• When you are not present in Ghana, power of attorney is given to our in-country attorney who will act on your behalf as necessary.
• Once you have completed important bonding period, the Director of Social Welfare will a petition the court for a hearing to grant the finalization of the adoption of this specific child/children.
• Apply for The I-800, which can be filed before the court date, should be completed simultaneously to expedite the process.
• Apply for the expedited process for the birth certificate and child’s passport.
• Apply for the child’s visa, including medical appointment and schedule interview at US Embassy.• You are now ready to return home with your newly adopted child/children!
• Return to the United States with your child. Once you arrive at the port of entry in the U.S., your child will officially be an American citizen, as per the Child Citizen Act of 2000.
• Complete post adoption visits and reports as directed by Ghanaian government.
Who Can Adopt
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Ghana has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Ghana, please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your adoption
Ghana adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per Ghana’s adoption laws. New Hope for Children updates these guidelines as necessary.
Information provided by: State Department, USCIS, Inter-country Adoption.
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