Where? Malawi is a landlocked country located in East Africa. It lies below Tanzania and is bordered also by Zambia and Mozambique.


Who Can Adopt

  • Residency: In May 2009 the Malawi Supreme Court determined that an adoption may be granted to foreign adopting parents so long as the parents are not temporary visitors to Malawi and have a serious commitment or connection to Malawi.

  • Age of Adopting Parents: Parents must be at least 25 years old and at least
    21 years older than the adoptive child.

  • Marriage: Both married and single persons may adopt. Single males must adopt male children.

  • Income: No guideline


Children Available

  • Children 18 months to age 15 are available.

  • Special needs children and sibling groups are available.

  • Couples may adopt two unrelated children at one time. (See fee sheet for details.)


Waiting Time for a Referral

  • The wait time for referral is 6 to 12 months.

  • The wait time from referral to court date is 6 to 12 months. (Weight times can vary as courts in foreign lands are unpredictable.)



  • One trip of 21 to 30 days


Program Fees

Intake fee:  $250

Program fee – see download.

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