Families choosing to grow their families through international adoption are often interested in adopting from Africa. They understand the great need in African countries. A lack of infrastructure in many African countries leaves orphaned children vulnerable to the harsh world. A desire to meet this critical need draws families to consider adopting from Africa.
However, families are aware of the changing landscape in international adoption. Shutdowns and slowdowns are so common in international adoption, especially from African countries that families who were once eager to begin an adoption are now leary of their adoption process. Families interested in adopting from Africa want the safeguards offered by adopting from a Hague country. There aren’t many options for a Hague adoption in Africa, but MLJ Adoptions offers one such option – adopting from Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso ratified the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (the Hague Convention) in 2006. As a Hague Country, Burkina Faso has implemented processes and procedures that ensure adoptions proceed in accordance with the best interests of the child. These processes and procedures also work to ensure ethical practices by the parties involved in the adoption. Hague Convention countries also tend to be more stable and predictable in processing adoptions and are less likely to be reactionary and make quick decisions that negatively impact the adoption process.
Burkina Faso does not have a long history of international adoptions to the United States. But, it does have a history of international adoption with European countries. There were a total of 74 adoptions from Burkina Faso to European countries in 2013, 87 in 2012, 94 in 2010, 61 in 2009, 68 in 2008, 77 in 2007, and 115 in 2006. As you can see, since the Hague Adoption Convention went into effect in Burkina Faso in 2006, adoptions from Burkina Faso to European countries have been steady. It is worth nothing that the number of children who were adopted from Burkina Faso remained steady over a period of time when international adoption declined around the world. This history demonstrates Burkina Faso’s commitment to the Hague process and to international adoption.
MLJ Adoptions opened its Burkina Faso international adoption program at the end of 2014. We have submitted two dossiers and are excited to receive confirmation that the first one is being reviewed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and National Solidarity, Office of Placements and Adoptions. While we anticipate that families will wait 12-24 months from the submission of a dossier to a referral of a child, we are eager to see the Burkina Faso program progress.
If you’re interested in adopting from Burkina Faso, please contact us.
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