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Adopting from Rwanda

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Program on hold to new applicants

Our Rwanda Program is currently on hold to new applicants as the country fulfills requirements set forth by the Hague Adoption Convention. Please check back regularly for program updates.

  • A WHFC Pilot Program
  • Rwanda is currently a non-Hague Convention Country
  • Foreign Provider is currently WHFC NGO and Rwandan Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion

 

rwanda-mapThe Republic of Rwanda, home to more than 11.7 million people, is the most densely populated country in Africa, with the major ethnic groups being Hutu and Tutsi.  Kinyarwanda, French and English are the official languages; Swahili is also spoken. Roman Catholicism and other Christian religions are widely practiced; Islam is also observed. WHFC has helped place more than 1,200 children from African countries.

 

 

 

 

Eligibility

The following applicants are eligible for the WHFC Rwanda Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country, not WHFC.

Married Heterosexual Couples Age 30-50

  • Married for 5 years or more at the time of referral
  • Prefer no more than 2 children already in the home
  • No more than 1 divorce per applicant

Please note that the above criteria are not all-inclusive; all international programs require proof of financial stability and have additional restrictions with respect to criminal history, physical and mental health. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Children Who Need Families

Boys and girls up to age 7 are available, including older infants. Children are cared for in orphanages. We expect them to be screened for HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Although we do not expect to be assigned waiting children from Rwanda, adopting a waiting child can be a wonderful option for some families! If you are open to a school aged child, a sibling group with a school-aged child or a child with an identified medical need, you could request a match with a waiting child and be home with him or her  in under a year. Eligibility requirements are generally more flexible, and photos and medical information can be reviewed prior to match and adoption subsidies are often available.  View waiting child profiles.

Information You Can Expect to Receive

You will receive photos and all available information on your referred child, which may be limited. 

Estimated Wait Times for a Referral

As this is a pilot program, we cannot specify wait times for a referral at present.

Travel Requirements

You should expect one 3-4 week trip to Rwanda and Kenya in order to bring your child home, and are likely to travel 2-4 months after receiving your referral.

Travel Experience and Resources

Accommodations in Kigali are modern and comfortable. French and English are widely spoken. You will be accompanied by an in-country representative during your stay in Rwanda, and a guide to help your stay in Nairobi.

Program Cost

Please download our information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.

How to Get Started

We invite you to learn more about our Rwanda Adoption Program by viewing our pilot program Webinar. If you have registered with us, complete the application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a current WHFC client, register online today.

WHFC Rwanda Adoption Program Staff

Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!

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