CONTACT INFORMATION

 

U.S. Embassy in Angola
American Embassy
Rua Houari Boumedienne #32, Miramar
Luanda, Angola
C.P. 6468
Consular Tel: (244)(222) 641-000
Fax: (244)(222) 641-259
Email: consularluanda@state.gov

Angola’s Adoption Authorities:

Ministry of Justice, Family Court Room.
Sala da Familia, Tribunal Provincial de Luanda
Rua Amilcar Cabral No. 17,  5th and 7th Floor
Luanda, Angola
Tel: No telephone numbers for the public are available
INAC - National Institute of the Child
Rua N’Gola M’Bambi
Luanda, Angola
Tel: 244-222 322 611; 222 323 683; 222 322 753
Assembleia Nacional (Parliament)
Rua 1 Congresso do MPLA
Luanda, Angola
Tel: 391691; 394541

 

Embassy of Angola
Embassy of the Republic of Angola
2100-2108 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-785-1156
Fax: 202-785-1258
Internet: http://www.angola.org/

Office of Children’s Issues

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW SA-29
Washington, DC 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
E-mail:  AskCI@state.gov
 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

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Angola is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Angola did not change. 

While adopting in Angola is not a complex process, it can take years to identify a child for adoption and to complete all of the required paperwork due to the inefficiencies of the Angolan bureaucracy and the fact that it takes an Act of the National Assembly to approve a foreign adoption. Prospective adoptive parents should note that Angolan adoption laws are being revised and they are very strict. To ensure that the adoption process is completed successfully and in a timely manner, the U.S. Embassy in Angola strongly suggests that adoptive parents consult an Angolan attorney.

Updated July 2008

DISCLAIMER


WHO CAN ADOPT

To bring an adopted child to United States from Angola, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government.  The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Angola also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: There are no residency requirements for prospective adoptive parents.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old and at least 16 years older than the adopted child.
  • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: Prospective adoptive parents may be married, single or common-law spouses.
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Prospective adoptive parent(s) must be in full possession of his or her civil rights, in good physical and mental health, and financially capable of supporting and providing an education for the adopted child.


WHO CAN BE ADOPTED

Angola has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption.  You cannot adopt a child in Angola unless he or she meets the requirements outlined below. 

In addition to these requirements, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law for you to bring him or her back to the United States.  Learn more about these U.S. requirements.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Relinquishment Requirements: Adoption requires the consent of the parents or the legal representative of the prospective adoptive child.  Consent will be waived with regard to a child or adolescent whose parents are unknown or who have been stripped of their parental rights


HOW TO ADOPT

Angola’s Adoption Authorities:

Ministry of Justice, Family Court Room.
Sala da Familia, Tribunal Provincial de Luanda
Rua Amilcar Cabral No. 17,  5th and 7th Floor
Luanda, Angola
No telephone numbers for the public are available
INAC - National Institute of the Child
Rua N’Gola M’Bambi
Luanda, Angola
Telephone: 244-222 322 611; 222 323 683; 222 322 753

Assembleia Nacional (Parliament)
Rua 1 Congresso do MPLA
Luanda, Angola
Telephone: 391691; 394541

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Angola generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Angola
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home


1.  Choose an Adoption Service Provider  

The first step in adopting a child from Angola is usually to select a licensed agency in the United States that can help with your adoption.  Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate.   Learn more about choosing the right adoption service provider.

 

There are no adoption agencies in Angola. Adoptions are handled exclusively by the Ministry of Justice.  A list of adoption attorneys in Angola may be found at the web site of the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola (http://luanda.usembassy.gov/wwwhlawyers.html) or may be picked up in person at the U.S. Embassy’s consular section.

2.  Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt 

To bring an adopted child from Angola to the United States, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-600A) by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Learn how

In addition to meeting the U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, you need to meet the requirements of Angola as described in the Who Can Adopt section. 

3.  Be Matched with a Child

If you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority in Angola will provide you with a referral to a child.  Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.  .

The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Angolan requirements, as described in the Who Can be Adopted section.  The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law.  Learn more.

4.  Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Angola

The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Angola generally includes the following.

  • ADOPTION PROCEDURES: The following sections outline the major provisions of the law that apply to adoptions:
    • Adoption by proxy is prohibited;
  • Adoption requires the consent of the parents or the legal representative of the prospective adoptive child.  Consent will be waived with regard to a child or adolescent whose parents are unknown or who have been stripped of their parental rights;
  • A home study is required and will be evaluated by a Judge of the Family Court Room from the Provincial Court after the approval of the Parliament (National Assembly).

Step by step:  Prospective adoptive parent(s) should contact a local orphanage to identify a child. After the identification of the child, the orphanage contacts the INAC (National Institute of the Child) for their opinion. INAC issues a document giving permission for the child to be adopted. The process of identifying the child for adoption and receiving approval from INAC can take 6-12 months. The adoptive parent(s) then submit a request to the Parliament (National Assembly) requesting the approval to adopt the child. Along with this request the adoptive parent attaches the following:

  • A copy of the INAC document giving permission for the child to be adopted;
  • Birth certificates of the adoptive parent(s);
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable);
  • Police clearance;
  • Medical exam attesting good physical and mental health, and;
  • Proof of financial support.

 

The process of approval from the Parliament might take between twelve and eighteen months.

In the meantime the adoptive parent(s) can submit a separate request to the Family Court Room requesting guardianship of the child. The request for guardianship can be submitted at the same time as the request to the National Assembly is submitted. {The request must be accompanied by the same documents listed above. A hearing will be scheduled at which the adoptive parent(s) must be present.  If the child is 10 years old or more, he/she will also be heard by the Trustee at the Family Court Room. This process might take three to six months.

If the child is not an orphan, the adoptive parent (s) will have to mention that on the adoptive parents request and the Trustee of the Family Court Room will send a notification for the parents to appear in person and consent to the adoption of the child. After the consent, the parental rights are terminated.

Once the National Assembly (Parliament) approves the adoption, the adoptive parent(s) receives the determination. That document must be submitted to the Family Court Room and the Family Court Judge gives final approval of the adoption.

 

  • TIME FRAME: An intercountry adoption in Angola can take anywhere from two to three years to complete from the time the child is identified.

 

  • ADOPTION FEES: The U.S. Embassy in Angola discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, “donations,” or “expediting” fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents.  Such fees have the appearance of “buying” a baby and put all future adoptions in Angola at risk. 

 

Prospective adopting parents can expect to pay as much as $3,000.00 USD for government fees to complete the adoption.  Attorney’s fees are estimated to be an additional $10,000 USD.

 

  • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:
    • Initial application can be made by a letter and should include the personal data of the prospective adoptive parents and the personal data of the prospective adoptive child. It does not need to be notarized;
    • Criminal background check and clearance. The USCIS FBI background check is sufficient;
    • Medical Evaluation can be conducted in the U.S. or Angola;
    • Proof of income;
    • Birth certificate of the prospective adoptive parent(s);
    • Birth certificate (if available) for the prospective adoptive child or a statement from the institution where the child has been cared for;
    • Marriage certificate and divorce decree(s) of prospective adoptive parent (s), if applicable;
    • Consent from any living biological parent(s) of the child to adopt.

All documents must be translated into Portuguese. The translation needs to be done in Angola. Any translator in Angola can do the translation.  A list of translators is available from the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy.   The court will ask the translator to swear in court that the translation is correct.


5.  Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Angola, the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) MUST determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted (Form I-600).  Learn how

6.  Bring Your Child Home

Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home.   Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:

  • Birth Certificate
    You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport.  Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.   

    A new birth certificate will be issued after the judge's final approval. The judge orders the issuance of a new birth certificate with the adoptive parent(s) name(s) if they desire 
  • Angolan Passport
    Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Angola.   

    To apply for an Angolan passport the adoptive parents have to contact Serviços de Migração e Estrangeiros (SME) in Luanda.
  • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
    After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child.  After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review and approval of the child’s I-600 petition and to obtain a visa for the child.  This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.  As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more.

    Adoptive parents may visit the U.S. Embassy Consular Section on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. to drop off paperwork and to schedule an immigrant visa appointment.

    Note: Visa issuance after the final interview now generally takes at least 24 hours and it will not normally be possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the day of the interview.  Adoptive parents should verify current processing times at the appropriate consulate or embassy before making final travel arrangements.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad:  The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents. 

                                                                                         

For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree. 

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting. 

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act. 


TRAVELING ABROAD

Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Angola. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining Your Visa
In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa.  A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit.  Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Angola, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip
Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.  The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability. 

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there’s a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Angola registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Registration is free and can be done online.


AFTER ADOPTION

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.  Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it’s another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. 

Here is a good place to start your support group search:

Note:  Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents. 


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