Country Updates: Nigeria




Nigeria is currently OPEN to intercountry adoptions (with some restrictions).





All of the information listed below is from the following source:
Nigeria Web Page, U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues



April 26, 2013 Notice: Adoption Notice for Nigeria

January 29, 2013 Notice: Adoption and guardianship decrees from Nigerian states that lack adoption laws, and adoptions by non-Nigerians, may not be allowable under Nigerian law or acceptable for purposes of U.S. immigration

Number of Adoptions to the U.S.

Fiscal Year Number
FY 2013 183
FY 2012 197
FY 2011 148
FY 2010 189
FY 2009 109
FY 2008 148
FY 2007 33
FY 2006 62
FY 2005 65
FY 2004 70

Hague Country: No

Adoption Authority: The Magistrate Court (from the state where the child resides)



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


Residency Requirements: Nigerian law requires that a parent-child relationship be established before the court decision can be considered final. Each state determines the length of time it takes to establish the parent-child relationship.

Age Requirements: In Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and 21 years older than the child. For married couples, at least one parent must meet the age requirements.

Marriage Requirements: Both single individuals and married couples may adopt. Note that a single person will not be allowed to adopt a child of the opposite sex, except in extraordinary circumstances. In most states, married couples must adopt jointly.

Income Requirements: Nigeria does not have any income requirements for intercountry adoptions.

Nigerian Heritage: While the law is inconsistently applied among different Nigerian states, Nigerian law says that non-Nigerians may not adopt in Nigeria.