In the summer of 2010, the US government suspended the adoptions of abandoned children in Nepal by American families, citing allegations of corrupt practice in the country. The cases in progress at the time of suspension wereinvestigated and no fraud was found. Today, all of these children have been fully and finally adopted by their American parents.
When the suspension occurred in 2010, all US agencies then working in Nepal also suspended their programs and allowed their licensure to expire. One adoption agency, Frank Adoption Center, is now the only US agency authorized to work in Nepal, and is working to place children who have been orphaned or who have been formally relinquished for adoption by their birth families or legal guardians. These children are not included in the suspension of adoptions and the US government has stated that these children can be issued visas.
Children Available for Adoption from Nepal:
There are currently children in Nepal who are eligible for international adoption. Both boys and girls are available and they range in age from 6 to 16 years. As of now, there are no children under the age of 6 who have been relinquished; however, an agency may accept families who would like to adopt a child in this age group, as long as the families are aware that the wait time is unknown. The majority of the children are considered healthy. At this time, there are no sibling groups eligible for adoption.
Eligibility to Adopt from Nepal:
- Married, heterosexual couples (having been married for at least four years) or single women
- If a family has a boy at home, they must adopt a girl; if a family has a
girl at home, they must adopt a boy. Families with a boy and a girl
are not eligible to adopt from Nepal
- Families must stay within birth order (if they already have children)
Travel: One trip to Nepal is required to legally complete the adoption process, with a duration of approximately 10 days.
Timeline: Once a family’s dossier (the set of documents representing a family to the authorities in Nepal) has been submitted, the match between prospective parents and child is made by the Matching Committee of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare.
It is anticipated that the time between dossier submission and match to be 3-6 months, though the wait time will be longer for families interested in adopting younger children.
Once a family has accepted their child’s referral, the process will begin towards adoption finalization in Nepal. The time from referral to travel is anticipated to be 6-10 months. Families should anticipate a 10 day stay in Nepal.