AGCI’s work in Ghana is centered in Tema, a suburb of Accra—the capital of Ghana. Our staff is working to help the Ghanaian government’s Department of Social Welfare identify and train families to offer foster care to children in need of safe and loving homes.
AGCI also supports a Crisis Pregnancy Outreach in Tema. This outreach is focused on serving women who are pregnant and facing a possible abortion. Our hope is that through this work we are able to effectively reach these women and offer them alternatives to abortion. In order to accomplish this, AGCI has helped organize education, counseling and support to any woman who may find herself in this position.
Children from 4 to 15 years of age will be available for adoption. Currently, sibling groups and older children are waiting for adoptive parents.
Once you are contracted with AGCI, your first steps are to begin your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will assist your family in this paperwork process.
Once your dossier is complete it is sent to AGCI’s office in Accra. Your family will also enter the waitlist to be placed with a child. At this time AGCI does not know how long this matching process may take, depending on the children that are available for placement through the Department of Social Welfare.
Once a child is available to be placed with your family and you decide to move forward, the placement is approved through the Department of Social Welfare, which can take approximately 3 months. A Court appointment is then scheduled.
First Trip Travel Process
Once a Court appointment is assigned to your family (a few weeks after the Dept. of Social Welfare approval) your family will travel to Ghana for the Court appointment. Once the Court is approved your family will also submit the necessary documents to the U.S. Embassy in Accra. Your family will then travel home to the U.S. while these documents, along with a possible I 604 investigation takes place. Once this process is finalized, and your child’s passport is received, your family can travel back for the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Accra.
Second Trip Travel Process
The purpose of this trip is to go to the U.S. Embassy for your scheduled Visa appointment. Once this takes place, and your child’s visa is issued you are able to travel home.
Once your child is home, AGCI and Ghana require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months.
Parents where the man is 25 years old and the woman is 23 years old are welcome to adopt a child infant or older. At any age, the parent must be 21 years older than the child. Parents who are 50 years old may adopt a child four years and older. Parents between the ages of 51 and 55 are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt.
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Ghana. The Department of Social Welfare prefers families with fewer children, however, families with four or more children are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants can have no history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.
Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible.
Travel in Country
Two trips are required. Both parents are strongly encouraged to travel on both trips.
Actual costs vary due to a variety of issues, including exchange rates and number of people traveling. The following breakdowns provide a typical range of expenses, with an overview of what is included in each category.
Application Fee: $300
Initial assessment of your family’s information to assure that all country requirements can be met to complete an adoption in your chosen program.
Home Study Services: $1,975
This is the education process where a social worker will partner with your family to help prepare you for the challenges ahead as an adoptive parent. The social worker will also be learning about your family in order to prepare a document for inclusion in the dossier that explains to the courts how you will provide a stable environment and loving family for your child.
AGCI Adoption Services: $6,000
Provides staff and services from AGCI throughout the adoption process, and for years to come through the post-adoption phase. Unlike many agencies, AGCI always welcomes your call.
USCIS and Related Fees: $805-$890
Filing fees and related costs to file your documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
International Fees: $5,000-$6,650
Your dossier is a detailed collection of documents about your family. Many of these have to be notarized, certified, and authenticated. When the dossier is complete, we translate it and facilitate your adoption case in-country through our foreign service providers, the government agencies, and the courts.
Care of Child Fees: $4,500
These fees provide care for your child in their birth country. Included is an orphan care fee that supports ongoing orphan care and payment for your child’s medical checkup and HIV/PCR testing.
Travel Costs: $6,000-$15,000
Two trips are required to Ghana. Costs include airfare, transportation, food, lodging, a travel visa for you, and an immigrant visa for your child.
Post-Adoption Services: $2,500-$3,500
These fees provide for the creation, administration, and translation of your post-adoption reports. Other post-adoption expenses include your re-adoption fee and ongoing medical insurance.