Application through dossier submission will take approximately 4-7 months. The wait time from dossier approval through referral will vary. After accepting a referral it can take an additional 2-4 months to wait for other approvals and to travel. Families will stay in Kenya for 6- 12 months to complete the adoption process.
Boys and girls ages 12 months and older. Children can be healthy or have a medical need.
Both spouses must be between 25 and 45 years old. Parents between the ages of 45-55 considered on a case by case basis for an older child adoption.
Couples must be married a minimum of 3 years. Single women can adopt a child with special needs.
Permitted, but with a maximum of two per spouse. (America World restriction)
Children in Family
There are no restrictions as to the number of children in a family.
Families must be able to show they can adequately provide financially for their children. Your income and full financial status will be evaluated as part of the adoption process.
No criminal history permitted. Minor instances reviewed on a case by base basis.
Major and chronic medical issues that require medication are reviewed on a case by base basis.
Travel to Country
Both parents must be present for the bonding period and court appointments. Length of stay in country is 6-12 months. A three month bonding period is required. The additional timeframe will depend on the court schedules and appointments.
Post adoption reports are due at 1 month (AWAA self report) and then reports written by the social worker are completed at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60 months from when the family has returned home.
**Please refer to America World's
Agency Adoption Requirements
for a complete list of requirements.