Adopting from Rwanda
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
The 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Deputy Director of Programs
- Steps in the international adoption process
- WHFC Rwanda Adoption Program Fees
- Rwanda Adoption Resources
- Financing your adoption
- Family stories