Intercountry Adoption

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Benin

Benin
Republic of Benin
Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • The northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.
  • Parc W due to terrorism.

Exercise Increased Caution In:

  • Urban areas due to crime.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Benin:

Northern Border Region and Parc W – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in areas of Burkina Faso adjacent to Benin’s northern border and to Parc W. Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Benin’s northern border areas. Because of security concerns, U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to Parc W and to locations within 5 kilometers of Benin’s border with Burkina Faso.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Urban areas – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to the Risk Indicators and Level 2 and 3 areas.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes

Hague Convention Information

Benin is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations in 22 C.F.R. 96, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Benin.

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Benin on October 1, 2018. The United States has determined that it will be able to process intercountry adoptions consistent with the Convention, allowing consular officers to verify on a case-by-case basis that the intercountry adoption can proceed in accordance with U.S. laws and U.S. obligations under the Convention. However, the Department cautions U.S. prospective adoptive parents that there may be significant delays in the adoption process while Benin works to implement its new adoption laws, regulations, and procedures.

The Department of State will provide updated information, including information about the adoption process, on this website as it becomes available. Please visit the Benin country information page on travelling to Benin and the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou’s website for information on consular services.

U.S. Immigration Requirements

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Benin, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

Contact Information

BENIN’S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
Ministère de la Famille et de la Solidarité Nationale
Direction de la Famille de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence (D.F.E.A.)
Address: 01 B.P. 2802 Cotonou, Bénin
Tel: (229) 21 31 67 07 / 21 31 67 08 / 21 30 03 33
Fax: (229) 21 31 64 62
Email: mfpss2003@yahoo.fr / mfpss@intnet.bj

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

Last Updated: December 20, 2018

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Cotonou
Marina Avenue
01 BP 2012 Cotonou, Benin
Telephone
+(229) 21-30-75-00
Emergency
+(229) 21-30-75-00
Fax
+(229) 21-30-66-82

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