Adopting from Burkina Faso – A 2016 Program Update!


adopting from burkina fasoFamilies adopting from Burkina Faso in our program had an exciting year in 2016! There can be a number of uncertainties in a pilot program; families are unsure of how long they will wait to be matched, the health of the children who are legally free for adoption, and how long the process will take for them to bring their children home. But so far, so good; we have been excited and encouraged at how smooth the adoption process from Burkina Faso has been for our families!

Our first two families adopting from Burkina Faso were matched with children within twelve months of dossier submission! Below, please find more detailed information on how long they waited.

  • Male Child, 3 years – 7 month wait
  • Male Child, 3 years – 12 month wait (Child has some additional medical needs)

One child is being cared for in an orphanage and the other is being cared for in a foster family. Now that the children have been matched with families, the families have filed their immigration documents, and the adoption case must be presented in a Burkinabe court. Once the legal process is complete in Burkina Faso, the child receives a post-adoption birth certificate and then the family can apply for his/her passport. We are hopeful that both children will join their forever families in 2017!

Our in-country team has shared that families who are adopting from Burkina Faso and open to a child with special needs could see additional medical needs such as: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV positive, cleft lip and/or cleft palate and sickle cell.

We currently have one more family with a dossier in-country, waiting to be matched with a child. Several other families who are adopting from Burkina Faso are working on completing their home studies and dossiers.

Due to the critical need for adoption, we are hopeful that more families interested in adopting from Africa will join our Burkina Faso program in 2017!

If you would like to learn more about adopting from Burkina Faso, please contact us.

Photo Credit: SIM USA

Caitlin Snyder works as the Director of Marketing and Outreach for MLJ Adoptions. Working in international adoption has given Caitlin the unique opportunity to pursue both a passion to advocate on behalf of vulnerable people and a profession at the same time.