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The following are the procedure to adopt a child in Liberia

Step1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  • The first step in adopting a child from Liberia is usually to select a licensed agency who can help with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the government.
Step2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt.

To adopted child from Liberia to the another country, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-600A) by the Government, Department of Liberian Adoption Authority.

  • in addition to meet the requirements of the parents , you need to meet the requirements of Liberia Adoption Authority as described.
Step 3. Be Matched with a Child
  • If you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority in Liberia will provide you with a referral to a child.
  • Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.
Step 4. Adopt the Child in Liberia
  • The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Liberia generally includes the following:
  • Role of The Adoption Authority: No adoption decree can be issued without an approved case summary from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW).
  • Role of the Court: A petition for adoption must be filed with the Probate Court.
  • The petition must contain the name, age, residence and marital status of the petitioners.
  • The name, date and place of birth of the child, the date and manner in which the petitioners acquired custody of the child, facts (if any) that render consent of either parent unnecessary, the petitioners' desire to adopt the child and the child's change of name, should also be contained in the petition.
  • Upon receipt of a petition for adoption, the Court schedules a hearing and serves notice on all interested parties.
  • The petitioners or their legal representative, the parent, parents, or guardian(s) of the child and the child are required to attend the hearing, though the court may waive the appearance of the child for good cause.
  • This waiver must be stated in the order of adoption.
  • All hearings are public, and held in open court.
  • The court must be satisfied that the "moral and temporal interests" of the child will be satisfied by the adoption. Upon this showing, the adoption is ordered.
Step 5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  • After you finalize the legal adoption (or gain legal custody) the Liberian Adoption Authority MUST determine whether the child is eligible under law to be adopted.
Step 6. Bring Your Child Home
  • Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to your home.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • A statement of relinquishment from the biological parent or
  • A legal guarding of the child being adopted,
  • A adoption decree from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW)
  • A case summary from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Liberian Adoption Authority

Cllr. Philip Banks , Minister of Justice

Ministry of Justice Building

Ashmun Street

(Opposite College of West Africa )

Monrovia, Liberia

Special Assistant: +231 6 520140 (Onesimus Bawon)

Secretary: +231 6 551-598 ( Massa Johnson)

U.S. Embassy in Liberia

111 U.N. Drive

Mamba Point

Monrovia, Liberia

Tel: 231-077-207-326

Fax: 231-770-010-370


Office of Childrens Issues

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street, NW


Washington, DC 20520

Tel: 1-888-407-4747


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  • You must be a Liberian citizen, and one of the parties must be at least 25 years of age.There are no age requirements for inter country adoptions in Liberia.
  • You must be in a position to take care of the child from moral, religious, and financial perspectives.
  • There are no residency requirements for inter-country adoptions in Liberia.
  • There are no marriage requirements for inter country adoptions in Liberia.
  • There are no income requirements for Liberian inter country adoptions.
  • There are no income requirements for Liberian inter country adoptions.


Fees might be required for processing documents at various stages



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Processing time is usually between 6 months and 1 year.

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You cannot adopt a child in Liberia unless he or she meets the requirements outlined below.

  • The childs orphan status is must be legitimate.
  • A child must meet the definition of an orphan under Liberian law for you to take him or her to your home.
  • There must be an approved from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW)in Liberia.
  • There must be a thoroughly and concluded adoption in the best interest of the child and the Minister or one of his deputies has to review all the legal paperwork necessary to process an adoption in Liberia.
    • If the child was born in wedlock, the consent of both parents is required for a child to be adopted.
    • If the child was born out of wedlock, only the mother must consent.
    • Parental consent is not required if the parents have abandoned the child. or if the parental rights have been legally terminated,or if the parents are deceased, or if a legal guardian has been appointed by the court.
  • If the child is 16 years or older, the child must consent to the adoption.

Required Information[edit]

  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Photos
  • Medical data
  • Religious affiliation information
  • Proof of assets ownership
  • Adoption support from friends/family
  • Good conduct certification

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Need for the Document[edit]

The procedures for adoption in Liberia are conducted by the Liberian adoption Authority. There is a lengthy process that one should go through before they can be allowed to adopt a child and this is required in order to safeguard the welfare of the child. It is important to familiarize yourself with the procedure before proceeding to adopt a child.

Around July 2008, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare began carefully reviewing all adoption cases submitted to them for approval. This change occurred because the Government of Liberia noticed an increasing number of cases in which adoptive parents decided to terminate their parent/child relationship with Liberian adoptive children.The Liberian Parliament is considered a revised adoption law, which was proposed and enacted , the new law provides additional safeguards to protect adoptive children, birth parents, and prospective adoptive parents.

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