Families applying to the Samoa program must be open to adopting a child up to the age of eight. Families interested in adopting younger children should consider our Bulgaria, Burkina Faso or Haiti programs.
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.
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.
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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