International Adoption

New Horizons works with programs in several countries and complies with all U.S. Adoption Laws. Children of all ages, including children with special needs, are available for placement. New Horizons handles all international communications and arrangements. Assistance is provided with naturalization procedures.

New Horizons has international programs in Liberia, Nigeria,  Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Ukraine. We also provide referrals to other agencies that work in other international countries.

LIBERIA

New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc. is now accredited in Liberia and is accepting applications.
REQUIREMENTS

Age of Parents: Minimum age of 25 years old, special approval must be given for parents over 40 years old.

Family Size: No requirement

Marriage: Must be married at least two years

TRAVEL: Escorting is currently not available. Parents must travel.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE:

 Children 0-6 years are available

 Ethnic background is African

 Average wait for a referral varies

 Sibling groups may be available

 Average wait from referral to placement varies

NICARAGUA

REQUIREMENTS

Age of Parents: Minimum age of 25, maximum age of 55, special approval must be received for anyone over 40.

Family Size: No Requirement

Marriage: Must be married at least two years

TRAVEL: Escorting is not allowed. Parents must travel.
 One trip is required and the family will be in country approximately 12-20 weeks. Both parents are required to stay in country for the entire adaptation period.
 The minimum time in country is 3 months, if you cannot comply with these requirements, Nicaragua may not be the best option for you.

Important Notice: The adoption process in Nicaragua is a lengthy process and has delays. The entire process, when successful can take 2-3 years, with 12-18 months of that time parents are required to be physically present in country. The adoption process does not officially start until the family’s dossier arrives in country. After submission of your dossier, the time frame for a referral is approximately 12-24 months, depending on age and gender of the child the family has specified.

Residency Requirements:Prospective Adoptive Parents must either be Nicaraguan citizens, have a permanent residence in Nicaragua and plan to remain in Nicaragua until the child reaches 21 years of age, or be a U.S. citizen with an approved I-600A.

Post Adoption Requirements: Nicaragua requires annual reports completed by a Social Worker on the child through 21 years of age. Each report needs to be translated to Spanish and apostilled.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE:

 Infants to 15 years old (both boys and girls)

 Ethnic background is primarily Hispanic descent

 Average wait for referral varies

 Average wait from referral to placement varies

* Nicaraguan law prioritizes adoptions by Nicaraguan citizens, meaning Nicaraguan parents willing and eligible to adopt a child might go to the head of the queue in front of non-Nicaraguans who have already been waiting months to adopt.

NIGERIA

REQUIREMENTS

Age of Parents: Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child.

Health: Home Study certifying health is sufficient to raise adopted child.

Family Size: No restrictions

Marriage: Must be married at least two years

TRAVEL: 2 – 3 Trips are required

First Trip: 2-3 weeks
Second Trip: 2-3 months (this depends on the couple’s decision, they may stay until child’s visa is obtained or they may choose to return after the visa is ready. Approximate stay is 6-15 weeks or longer, depending on circumstances out of our control. One parent can leave after the court ruling, approx. 4 weeks)

CHILDREN AVAILABLE:

 Children 1-5 years are available (there may be an occasion when a child is younger or older than the given range will be available)

 Ethnic background is African

 Health: Most children are in good health; it is uncommon to see some medical challenges such as malnutrition, delayed development, club feet, and cleft palate.

 Sibling groups may be available

 Special needs children are available: Hydrocephalus, sickle anemia, HIV+, and/or ailments and issues that could have been but were not diagnosed, or that cannot be diagnosed at a particular age but may become more apparent later in development.

SRI LANKA

REQUIREMENTS

Age of Parents: Minimum age of 25 years old, special approval must be received for anyone over age 40.

Family Size: Families with no children in the home.

Marriage: No minimum requirement (New Horizons has a 2-year marriage requirement).

TRAVEL: Escorting is not allowed. Parents must travel. Approximate stay is four weeks.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE:

 Children of all ages are available

 Ethnic background is Singhalese or Tamil

 Sibling groups and children with special needs are available

 Average wait for a referral to placement varies

UGANDA

REQUIREMENTS

Age of Parents: Minimum age of 25 years old, special approval must be given for parents over 40 years old.

Family Size: No requirement

Marriage: Must be married at least two years

TRAVEL: Escorting is currently not available. Parent Must travel. Since the Children’s Amendment Act passed, a minimum of 12 to 18 months stay in Uganda is required.

POST PLACEMENTS: Uganda requires annual post placement reports completed by a social worker on the child through age 5. Uganda also requires families to submit an annual report until the child reaches the age of 18.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE:

 Children of all ages are available

 Ethnic background is African

 Sibling groups are available

 Average wait from referral to placement varies.

UKRAINE

REQUIREMENTS:

Age of Parents: Between the ages of 24 and 50, no more than 45 years difference between parents and child.

Family Size: No Restrictions.

Married: Minimum of one year marriage. (New Horizons’ requirement is a minimum of two years)

TRAVEL: 2 trips are required.

First trip: Approximately 2-3 weeks with both parents present
Second trip: Approximately 1 week with only one parent

*Parents may elect to remain in the Ukraine the whole time for a total of 5-6 weeks.
*One parent may return home after the court hearing.

CHILDREN AVAILABLE:
 Children of all ages are available.
 Siblings may be available, but are usually 5 years old and older.
 Special needs children are available.
 Children are only presented to the family after an invitation to travel is extended.
 The wait time for an invitation to travel is approximately 12 months or longer from the time the dossier is sent to Ukraine.
 Ukraine limits the number of children referred for international adoption each year.