Adopting a Child from Morocco Overview
An Introduction to Moroccan Adoption
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Thank you for your interest in the Morocco adoption program with New Beginnings. New Beginnings currently cooperates with two orphanages: The Rita Zniber Foundation and La Creche in Tangier. The Morocco adoption process is a kafala program and requires families to be practicing Sunni Muslim.
In many respects, the steps in the process of adopting a child from Morocco are the same as most other international adoptions. Families have a home study done, and New Beginnings submits it to USCIS for pre-approval (I-600A) as part of the I-600 process. Upon completion of the country-required dossier, NB sends it to Morocco. In the meantime, once a child has been declared abandoned and can join a family through kafala, The orphanage will prepare the background study and legal documents, and match the child to a family. New Beginnings will present the referral of the child directly to the prospective family.
After the acceptance of the referral, families travel to Morocco for the kafala. New Beginnings’ Program Facilitator in Morocco guides NB families through the kafala process while abroad. Most families will take one trip to Morocco for 6 to 8 weeks. One spouse can return after the court has granted kafala—this is typically at the 3-4-week mark.
Adoptive parents receive kafala guardianship of the child in Morocco. When the court grants kafala, the child’s visa is secured (I-600), via the U.S. consulate in Morocco, and the family can return to the U.S. Once home, families finalize the adoption in their local courts and secure U.S. citizenship for the child.
The children matched with New Beginnings’ families are 6 to 13 months at the time of placement. There are also older and special needs children in need of kafala families. We estimate the length of time from starting the home study to returning home with your child is 14 to 19 months.
New Beginnings is licensed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In these states, New Beginnings can also do home studies for families living in these states. For anyone living in other states, families work with a local home study agency. In those cases, New Beginnings directs or supervises the local home study agency. For placement of child and completion of the other steps in the process, New Beginnings can work with families in all 50 states.