Sri Lanka is an island located in the Indian Ocean, known for beautiful beaches, temples and wildlife. Sri Lanka is rich in culture with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
All adoptions from Sri Lanka are completed in accordance with the Hague Convention on inter country adoption.
More information can be found here.
One adoptive parent must be a US citizen. Priority is given to applicants with a Sri Lankan background or dual citizenship.
Applicants must be at least 25 years old and at least 21 years older than the child they desire to adopt.
Only married couples may adopt from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka does not permit same sex couples or domestic partners to adopt.
Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence, domestic violence or termination of parental rights are not eligible to adopt.
Applicants must be healthy with no serious, chronic transmissible diseases (HIV positive, venereal disease, tuberculosis, etc.) or other life-threatening illnesses. Preference is given to infertile couples with supporting medical reports.
Families must have an annual income of at least $30,000. Families must meet the income requirements provided by the USCIS in order for the adopted child to immigrate. Selection criteria of the Department of Probation and Child Care Services includes the health, age, and income of the family.
Children in Home
Preference is given to prospective adoptive parents who do not have children, however families with up to two children may apply.
Note regarding Relative Adoptions
Applicant must be at least 25 years old
Applicant must be 21 years older than the child.
These restrictions do not apply if:
Accordingly, a sister, bother, uncle and or aunt can make an application to adopt their relative child.
Prospective adoptive parents may request to adopt a child with or without special needs and/or medical conditions.
Both boys and girls are available (more boys than girls), as well as sibling groups. The Department of Probation and Child Care Services will attempt to keep sibling groups together when matching children with prospective adoptive parents.
Waiting children live in state-run orphanages (children’s homes).
Children have Singhalese or Tamil ethnic background.
Foreigners may only adopt Sri Lankan children between three months and 14 years of age.
When adopting from Sri Lanka, both parents must travel to be present for court proceedings. Prospective adoptive parents should be prepared to stay in Sri Lanka from one to two months for the adoption proceedings.
Post adoption requirements
Sri Lanka requires quarterly progress reports on the child until the adoption is legally confirmed in their state of residence;
Semi-annual progress reports on the child, including his/her photograph, for a period of three years from the date on which the final adoption order in Sri Lanka is issued;
Annual reports for the child until he or she reaches ten years of age.
All fees are based on two adoptive parents and one adopted child
Total Agency Fees: $7000
Total application, parent education, dossier and other paperwork processing fees: $5340-$6990
Total USCIS, Department of State and IAAME Fees: $1695
Total Home Study and Post Placement Fees: $5950
Home Study ($2200)
Post Adoption fees ($375 per report)
Additional mileage and travel fees may be incurred for families located more than 100 miles from the main office, or city center of Spokane, Portland or Anchorage.
Home Study Review Fee, for families completing their home study with another agency: $550
Total Estimated Travel Fees: $4,050-$8150
Total International Service Fee: $2200
Total estimated in country fees for child’s adoption processing and child’s visa fee: $600
Total estimated adoption expenses $27,710- $33,460
A detailed fee schedule is available upon request