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Nepal Adoptions Now Again Possible

Nepal adoptions are once again possible. But recent changes in the Nepal laws regarding adoption could mean a complicated and sometimes lengthy process. Here are some of the basics if you are considering adopting from Nepal:

About Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and the world's youngest republic. It is located just south of China and north of India. The country has several large mountains, including Mount Everest. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu. It is also the where parents pursuing Nepal adoptions will first get to meet their child.

The main religions of Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism. Approximately half of the people of Nepal live below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. The official language is Nepali, but the people of Nepal speak more than 100 different indigenous languages.


Children Available

The children in Nepal are usually available for adoptions because of either poverty or because they are born to an unwed mother. Toddlers, pre-school and elementary age children are available for adoption.

Who Can Adopt

Both married couples and single women can adopt children from Nepal. You must be between the ages of 30 and 55 and be at least 30 years older than the child you wish to adopt.

If you already have a child in your home, you may only adopt a child of the opposite gender. Those who have both a boy and a girl in their homes are not eligible for adoptions.

The Process

You must file a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to bring an orphan into the United States. You must also have a home study done.

In addition, you must prepare a dossier. To see the documents Nepal requires along with their criteria for adoption, click here.

Once you have gathered the necessary documents, you must file them with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (WCS) in Nepal. The WCS has appointed the Central Child Welfare Board to handle adoptions.

Be Aware

At the time this article was written (December, 2009), Nepal had recently changed its regulations regarding adoptions, and Nepal adoptions can be complex. You may encounter some frustrations and long waits along the way.

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