Adopt From Africa Program
International Adoption in Africa (Cameroon)
Cameroon is located on the southern border of Nigeria and is lined on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Cameroon is called “Africa in miniature” for its geological and cultural diversity. With a population of over 19 million, there are over 200 ethnic groups with their own cultural traditions, language and religion. English and French are the official languages, and the dominant religions are Islam and Christian.
Cameroon suffers along with most African countries with an orphan epidemic. It is estimated that over 1 million children are orphaned in Cameroon today. This is resulting from disease, corruption and lack of hygiene. It is estimated that 90% of families in Cameroon have had a family member die of HIV/AIDS. Orphans are left to relatives or neighbors who are sometimes disabled or unable to meet up with life challenges. In these struggling homes, orphans are used in farms or palm plantations as child labor. If there is no one who will care for them, they are left to fend for themselves on the streets, no matter what age.
Adopt From Africa works with a Christian orphanage in Cameroon. This orphanage is a ministry started to care for orphans and widows. It is now caring for over 500 orphans and widows through providing education, food, shelter, medical care and the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. The children range in age from 3 to 15 years. Some infants are available as well as special needs.
Adopting through Adopt From Africa
The adoption process in done through the legal court system in Cameroon.
Adopt from Africa’s Eligibility Requirements.
Adoptive parents must be married, financially secure, over the age of 25 years old, and at least 21 years older than the child. In addition, the adoptive parents need to be Christians and members of the same church affiliation within the limits of traditional Christianity. Adopt From Africa is a Christian agency and our main objective is to place children into Christian families.
After your application with Adopt From Africa is approved and we receive your approved USCIS home study along with the completion of training requirements, we will submit your dossier (approved home study and supporting documents) to the Cameroon Liaisons. After the dossier has been received and reviewed, you will receive your referral for a child. You will be given all medical and social information known on the child that our facilitators have. You will have two weeks from the day that you receive the referral to decide if you will accept the referral. If you choose to accept the referral, a court date will be set for you and you will travel to the country.
Two visits are required by both parents to adopt in Cameroon. Both parents must be present for the first visit and court date. You will travel to Cameroon to meet the child and attend the first court date.
There is a nine-month wait from the time you initially meet the child to when you will return for the second court date. During this time, you will receive monthly updates on how the child is doing. You are also required to “sponsor” your child by financially supporting them ($35/month), thus fulfilling the Cameroonian judicial requirement to financially support the child. Also during this time, you will be required, along with sending gifts and letters, to call the child every two weeks. This contact is done strictly as a sponsor/pen pal relationship, thereby fulfilling the Cameroonian judicial requirement to “form a relationship” with the child. We require that you keep a log of your phone calls to the child as evidence of your relationship with them to be presented to the US Embassy.
Both parents will then return nine months later for a 3-6 week period for your second court date and Embassy appointments (one for the I-600 and one for your child’s visa). At that time you will receive full and final custody of the child. Both parents are required to be at the final court hearing and at the first US Embassy I-600/Orphan Status approval appointment. At this point, it is encouraged for both parents to stay for the US Embassy Visa application appointment and until you receive your child’s visa to leave the country, but if necessary, one parent may return home.