Who can adopt from Samoa?
- Married couples and singles may adopt.
- If married, parents must be 23 – 55 years old.
- If single, parent must be at least 24 years old when filing the I-600A and 25 years old when filing the I-600 form.
- Additional stipulations may be determined by your government to apply for an orphan visa if you live outside of the United States.
Who are the children in Samoa in need of families?
- Children range in ages from infancy to teens.
- Both boys and girls are in need of families.
- Children are of Asian/Pacific Islander descent.
- Children with special needs are in need of families, including children with emotional needs and/or a history of abuse.
How much travel is required?
- Families are required to travel once at the end of the adoption process. The trip will include a stay in Samoa for five to seven days and an additional two to three weeks in Auckland, New Zealand to attend the embassy appointment and receive the child’s orphan visa.
How long does the adoption process take?
Currently referral times are 18-36 months after receipt of prospective adoptive parents’ 171H approval letter from USCIS, depending on age and gender requested. Wait times for older children are much shorter.
Why adopt from Samoa?
All adoptions in Samoa are completed through a collaborative effort with a Samoan attorney and foreign service providers, with strict compliance to Samoan law in regards to international adoption. They ensure all children legally available for adoption are classified as true orphans under USCIS definitions and available for adoption.
Why use MLJ Adoptions to adopt from Samoa?
MLJ Adoptions is the only Hague approved agency that works in Samoa. Our domestic staff and our foreign staff includes attorneys licensed to practice law in Samoa and who are well versed in Samoan adoption law, US Embassy practices and procedures and the US federal laws and regulations related to international adoption and orphan visa. MLJ Adoptions maintains a collaborative working relationship with SVSG in Samoa to place orphaned children in need of loving homes. SVSG is well respected not only in Samoa but in the South Pacific for their dedication to assisting victims and abandoned children.
Country information is to be considered general information and subject to change. The information is based upon state, federal, foreign, and international law, as well as our own business policies.
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