Kenya Frequently Asked Questions

What are Kenya's adoption requirements?
Please see the Requirements page for adoption requirements set by Kenya
Do both parents have to be a U.S. citizen?
No, only one parent must be a U.S. citizen.
Can U.S. citizens who live abroad adopt through America World?
Yes. We will work with families living abroad. See this article for helpful information when considering adoption while living outside the United States.
Are single women allowed to adopt from Kenya?
Yes, single women are allowed to adopt on a case by case basis.
What is the age range of children that are available?
Boys and girls over the age of 12 months.
What is the process timeframe?
The adoption process timelines are subject to vary per family and can change as the family moves through each stage of their adoption process. The total timeframe it will take each family to complete their adoption can be anywhere from 14-24 months and will depend on the following: document collecting timeframe (average time “paper-chasing” takes 4-7 months), referral wait time, approvals by the central adoption authorities in Kenya, and the mandated time in country for bonding and court appointments.
Can I complete a concurrent adoption or pregnancy while adopting from Kenya?
Families cannot participate in a concurrent family building plan while pursuing the adoption of a child in Kenya.
Can we adopt two children at the same time?
In some cases, a sibling set may be available for adoption.
Do I need a visa to enter Kenya?
Yes, the visa is obtained from the airport upon arrival in Nairobi.
Do I have to book my own flights/can I book my own flights?
America World books international flights for families as a special service offered in the travel state of the adoption process. We have a very knowledgeable and experienced travel department who will assist your family with all details of your adoption trip and be aware of some of the best flight options that are available.

In booking flights, you will give us your first and second preference for airport departure locations and we will check both locations to compare pricing, routing, times, etc. We will then place the proposed flight itinerary on hold and contact you prior to booking. You also have the option to book your own flights using our set guidelines. If you want to purchase tickets using frequent flier miles, your family will need to plan your own international flights.
Will we travel in a group?
You will not travel with other adoptive families, but will be provided with travel resources and recommended lodging, including apartments where many adoptive families stay.

America World will provide a driver to pick you up at the airport and drive you to appointments.
Why is the in-country stay so long?
While in Kenya, there is a mandatory bonding period for the first three months, during which a social worker will visit you while you have temporary guardianship over the adopted child. The social worker submits reports to the court while you work with the Adoption Society and an adoption lawyer (assigned through America World from a recommendation list from the Adoption Society) to receive the various court appointments and approvals that are required to finalize the adoption.

During your stay, you will have a chance to be connected with local Kenyans, American missionaries, and other adoptive families from around the world. Take time to enjoy and learn about your child's native country!
What is required of us after coming home with our child?
Post adoption reports are required at 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 30, 36, 42, 28, 54, and 60 months. In other words, they are due every three months through 24 months, and then every 6 months until your child turns 4.

The one month report is written by you. All other reports require a social worker visit and report written by him or her.
Will my child be a US Citizen upon returning to the U.S.?
Yes. Upon entry into the United States, your child is a US citizen and will receive a Certificate of Citizenship in the mail within 45 days.
What is re-adoption?
Re-adoption is a means of documenting the parent-child relationship under US law. It is based on state law, not federal, so the process varies widely among each state. Depending on the state, re-adoption can range from filling out a form and paying a fee to a more detailed court process that may require an adoption attorney.
Why should I re-adopt?
In some state, it is the first step in obtaining a US birth certificate. Re-adoption also ensures that the validity of the adoption cannot be challenged in the event of a change in the political situation of your child's country of origin.

It also protects the child's rights in many other ways. Re-adoption will simplify certain processes when a child gets older, because he or she will have a U.S. birth certificate. Having a U.S. birth certificate, in addition to other important government documents, will simplify some of the following processes: registering for school, applying for a driver’s license, applying for college scholarships, employment, or voting.