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We are an American couple living in Qatar, who have adopted a baby from La Creche in Tangier, Morocco. Because we have a contact in the orpanage in Tangier, we did not use an agency. Coupled with the fact that we are US citizens residing outside of the country, we really struggled with figuring out exactly how to get this process going. After taking a few years to decide to adopt, 3 months of steady research, calls to agencies, lawyers, US State Dept, USCIS US and Athens, and numerous email exchanges with the most helpful people I’ll probably never meet, and about 6 months of gathering all of the information and documents, we’re finally on our way!
Our process took 4.5 months because I chose to stay in Morocco 3 months before Ayoub was released for adoption by the courts. We were so excited to have a child and couldn’t wait 3 months to be with him full time! (There were no issue of establishing residency as with orphanages in other Moroccan cities). And then there was a government strike which delayed the process by 10 days bringing our total time there to 3 months (we chose to be there) and 6 weeks (4 for adoption process (we only had to be in country for 2 of those weeks) + 10 day gov’t strike delay).
How did we manage this? I run an online company so my work is portable. My husband stayed in Qatar to work and visited us every month. He was in Tangier toward the end of our stay when we both needed to appear before the Moroccan judge and at the US Embassy to get Ayoub’s visa to travel to the US.
This blog was created for 2 reasons:
1. A great way to document our journey; and
2. Help others understand the international adoption process, especially folks not using an adoption agency or those residing outside of the US.
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Raana & Farhan
PS: The photo in the header was taken by Farhan during our trip to Tangier (Tanger), Morocco last summer. Enjoy!
PPS: What’s a “Baby Maghrib”?: Maghrib is the Arabic term for the area in Northern Africa including Morocco. Since we’re looking to adopt a Moroccan baby, we thought why not?!