Children in the Program
Children who are referred for intercountry adoption range in age from one to to older children and are eligible for adoption due to economic distress or abandonment. Children who are in need of adoption live in government licensed orphanages in various states of Nigeria.
Wait times to adopt
From the time of registration in the program, it takes up to 2 years to complete an international adoption from Nigeria. Most states in Nigeria require a residency period in which the applicants must reside in Nigeria with the child prior to going to court to finalize the adoption; this is dependent on the state in which the child resides. Applicants may need to reside in Nigeria with their child prior to court for 8 weeks to 3 months.
The agency also provides services to relatives who have completed an adoption in Nigeria in non-compliance with Ontario’s Intercountry Adoption Act, 1998. These adoptions can take up to 12 months to complete from the time the agency receives the completed homestudy and provincial approval. All adoptions are subject to the approval of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) allowing the child to enter and reside in Canada, and their timelines are not included in this estimate.
Costs: Foreign program costs and legal fees vary between service providers in different states.