Contact at La Creche
La Creche de Tanger (Director’s Assistant): Ass.email@example.com
Documents needed to start the adoption process and file for Kefala (guardianship)
- Home Study (you should start this ASAP as it takes a few months)
- copy of passports
- copy of birth certificate
- copy of marriage certificate
- police clearance from your home state
- lots of passport sized photographs (easy to get in Tangier)
- certificate of being Muslim*
- certificate of employment and salary ^
- Moroccan police clearance*^
- health clearance*^
*Should be obtained from Morocco. Fatima Haddad or the people at La Creche will assist you in obtaining these.
^Must have been generated no more than 3 months before you file the Kefala paperwork.
Child placement with families is on a referral basis. Once you submit your completed home study, the necessary documents, and their information form (simple name, address, etc.), they will place you in a queue for receiving a baby. Once a child becomes available, they will send you a referral (photo and info). If you choose to accept that child, you will then travel to Morocco to complete the adoption. The process should take about 4 weeks.
This is a sample fee breakdown for a US expat international adoption:
I-600A with supporting documents: $670 + courier fees
-Copy of passport (notarized): Notary fee (usually free from your bank)
-Fingerprints on form FB-258: this can vary depending on where you get your fingerprints taken. Range: $10-$50
-Marriage certificate: approximately $15 (depending on what your state charges)
-Home study: approximately $2,000 + notary fee
-Medical Statement (signature notarized): Notary fee
-Letter of Employment (signature notarized): Notary fee
-Financial letter with supporting documents (signature notarized): Notary fee
-Birth certificate: $15 (varies by state)
-Marriage certificate: $15 (varies by state)
-Reference letters: no fee
-State clearance (must be a fingerprint check): varies by state: $60
-Qatar clearance: $30
-Child Abuse Registry Check: $50
HS certification: varies by agency: $1,500 + courier fees
Documents needed for Moroccan process (in addition to what is included in hs)
-Certificate of Islam: $30/person
-12+ photos of each parent: $5
File form DS-230 at the US Embassy in Casablanca: $373 + $74
Moroccan social worker’s fee: 1,000 Euros (may vary by case or change) + $500 translation fees
US re-adoption (attorney fees): about $2,500
Lodging and food in Morocco: approximately $500/month housing + $300 food (moderate price, family of 2)
Travel to/from Morocco: approximately $1,000/person
Note: 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 month (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.