Ghana

Flag_of_GhanaThe Ghana program is open for the adoption of a relative or a non-related child who has special needs.    

The Social Welfare Department of Ghana and Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection announced a temporary closure of intercountry adoption from Ghana in June 2013. On January 1, 2017, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) entered into force for Ghana.  The agency remains licensed for Ghana and information about the implementation of the new Hague program will be updated on our website soon.  Please check back with our agency through 2017 as we will be accepting new applicants in the near future.

Eligibility of Applicants

  • Must be at least age 25 to adopt
  • There must be at least 21 years age difference between the child and the adopter
  • Married couples are eligible to adopt
  • Ghana does not recognize common law partnerships
  • Single female applicants are eligible to adopt if they are Ghana nationals
  • Applicants must be resident in Ghana for a minimum of three months prior to the adoption of a child. Applicants may make a request to the court to waive this requirement. This decision is made by the Ministry of Social Welfare if it finds that to do so is in the best interests of the child
  • Applicants must be gainfully employed

Children in the Program

The majority of children who are adopted are eligible due to economic distress.

Wait times to adopt

From the time the agency receives the completed homestudy and provincial approval, it takes approximately 24 months to complete the adoption in Ghana.

The agency also provides services to relatives who have completed an adoption in Ghana in non-compliance with Ontario’s Intercountry Adoption Act, 1998.  All adoptions are subject to the approval of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) and their timelines are not included in this estimate.

Costs
Program costs do not include travel and accommodation overseas. Please contact the agency for a copy of our Ghana Program Package.