Adoption Program

Ghana recently joined the Hague Adoption Convention. We are excited that Ghana has made this commitment to their orphaned children by allowing families to be found for them internationally and to do that ethically. Ghana has been working to implement their new adoption law which enforces the Hague Adoption Convention. As a part of the Hague Adoption Convention, Ghana is required to have a Central Authority office for adoption. This office is still in the process of being set up, but they are requiring all international agencies to be accredited by them to do adoptions in Ghana. Small World is committed to obtaining this accreditation, but guidelines have not been released by Ghana for obtaining this accreditation. Until Small World is accredited by the Ghana Central Authority we are not accepting Applications to the Ghana program. Please consider our Liberia or Madagascar programs.

This Small World Adoption Program qualifies for financial grants by the foundations who partner with Small World. The granting foundations are solely responsible for approving or denying prospective adoptive parents.

In 2017, Ghana joined the Hague Adoption Convention and Small World began working in Ghana to place children from Ghana in American homes.  Small World is proud to be partnering with the government of Ghana.


The system in Ghana is new under the Hague.  It is Africa and typically in Africa the emphasis is not on time schedules.  Some delays should be expected and you should be prepared to be flexible.

The adoption process in Ghana

Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. The Small World employees communicate with you throughout the entire process and will guide you through to completion. Small World English speaking Representatives meet each family at the plane upon arrival in Accra, Ghana and guide and accompany you through every step of the adoption process.

For any further questions concerning our Ghana program please contact the Ghana Program Director Jimbo Savley at



Each applicant must be at least 25 years old and generally not more than 55 years older than the child. There is no firm restriction on the age limit, but it is subject to a case by case review by Small World and the Central authority of Ghana.


Small World requires sufficient income and resources on the part of every applicant to support the addition of a child.


Ghana does not limit the number of children per family, but it is subject to a case by case review by Small World and the Central authority of Ghana. Ghana refers children 1 – 14 years of age.

Marital Status

Married heterosexual couples who have been married for at least 3 years and single heterosexual females only may apply to adopt from Small World’s Ghana program.


In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our Ghana program is open to Christian families only.

Post Adoption

Ghana is intensely interested in the development of children placed for adoption. They require reports at 6 months, 1 year and 18 months by a social worker approved by Small World.

For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services.


Fees for Ghana adoption paid to Small World:

Application  $250
Home Study $2,000
Agency Fee $7,000
Dossier Fee (Includes shipping all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process) $2,250
Letter of Intent (per child) $2,000
Foreign Program Fee (per child unless indicated) $11,250
Post Adoption Services* (per child) $1,200

Estimated Expenses for Ghana adoption above fees paid to Small World:

US State Dept. Monitoring Fee $500
Document procurement  $500
USCIS Application $775
FBI Fingerprints ($85 per adult living in the home) $170
Roundtrip Air from US (2 adults returning with 1 child) $5,000
Hotel/Ground Trans. (2 adults plus the adopted child) $3,000

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $35,895


Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World along with the US Dept of State Monitoring Fee (See Estimated Expenses) as the next step after the client’s application review.  Transfer clients submit $1,250 of the agency fee at this time.
US State Dept. Monitoring Fee  In compliance with the mandate issued by the US State Department, this fee is collected by Small World and paid to the agency appointed by the US State Department for Monitoring and Oversight. The US State Department requires that the $500 (per child) fee be remitted following the finalized contract for services with your adoption agency. The payment will not be refunded by the Monitoring agency under any circumstance.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of home study services. The home study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the home study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Home Study Review Fee All home studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your home study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a home study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your home study provider.
Agency Fee Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed home study. No further work may be performed toward the adoption until the agency fee is received by Small World. The agency fee for each additional child adopted simultaneously with the first child for most programs is eligible for a 50% discount. Transfer Clients Only: $1,250 is due upon contracting with SW, and the balance is due upon dossier transfer completion.
Post Adoption Services *An $800 partial payment of Post Adoption Services, per child, must be submitted with the home study fee.  The post adoption services balance, per child, is due prior to travel.  For families residing outside of GA/MO/TN, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Post Adoption & Exempt Providers When post adoption reports are completed by a Small World pre-approved exempt provider, the client will be eligible for a Post Adoption Services discount. To be eligible for the discount, the pre-approved exempt provider must be under contract with Small World prior to client travel to the foreign country. Applicable discounts will be applied to the post adoption balance due prior to travel.
Dossier Prep & Registration Fee Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing.
Letter of Intent  Payment to Small World must accompany the document packet indicating that you intend to pursue a specific child for adoption.  Submission of the intent to pursue a particular child for adoption does not guarantee approval by the foreign country.
Foreign Program Fee The foreign program fee includes funds required by the foreign supervised provider, exit documents, and program development. Due to exchange rates and external costs, foreign fees are subject to change.

For China, the published foreign program fee assumes the full, standard orphanage donation fee. Details regarding Small World’s process for the orphanage donation fee can be found at  The estimated foreign program fee and the estimated in-China travel is billed upon receiving I800 and is due prior to TA arrival. The estimate is updated to reflect actual costs upon receiving the final cost list from China after the requested itinerary is finalized. If the actual costs are lower than the estimate, the resulting over-payment will be credited back to the family. If the actual costs are higher than the estimate, the resulting underpayment must be remitted to Small World prior to departing for Gotcha Day. This invoice will include a 3% payment processing fee for the applicable amount paid online.

For all other countries, half of the Foreign Program Fee is due at the time of I800 or I600 approval, and the balance is due prior to travel.



There are two main seasons in Ghana, the wet and the dry seasons. Northern Ghana experiences its rainy season from March to November while the south, including the capital Accra, experiences the season from April to Mid-November.

Ghana is blessed with an abundance of natural treasures, from beautiful beaches such as those at Kokrobite and Winneba, where you can relax and enjoy a stay at a beach front hotel or watch the fishermen at work. Alternatively you could take the waters inland instead, Volta Lake created by the damming of the River Volta at Akosombo in the mid 1960’s to provide a source of electricity to Ghana now also provides a wonderful viewing point from the dam itself or trips out onto the lake itself or you can take a trip on the River Volta instead at Ada.

In the Ashanti region not far from Kumasi is Lake Bosumtwi, a 10.5km diameter meteor impact crater lake, which was created by a meteor strike many years ago, as well as being extremely picturesque the lake holds a spiritual significance to the Ashanti, whose traditional belief asserts that souls of the dead meet the god Twi at the lake.

Also inland, are two more national treasures in the form of two world renowned national parks. Kakum National Park to walk of the elevated rope bridges within the forest, with the opportunity for bird watching and butterfly and other nature spotting or to Mole National Park to enjoy a safari experience, with the chance to see Elephants, big cats and other animals on the savannah.

Both the 1st and 2nd cities of Ghana offer plenty to see and to do. Accra offers history at the historic sites, such as Independence square, the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum and the WB Dubois Centre. Shopping in a number of markets, including Makola market in the centre of the city. Cultural treats include a number of museums and the national theatre. Outside of the city at Aburi are the extensive botantical gardens.

Kumasi offers the sights based around the history of the Ashanti, including the Manhiya Palace, the Asantehene’s Palace and Okomfo Anokye Sword.

Traditional food is fun to try and easy to enjoy. Fufu, the most widely served traditional dish, consists of pounded balls of yam, plantain, or cassava served with soup, and a side of goat meat or fish. Soups are typically made of groundnuts, palm nut, okra and other vegetables. “Light soup” is a tomato-based soup. Banku is a fermented corn version of the dish typically eaten with grilled tilapia fish or okra soup. Omo tuo is a version made from pounded rice, although it is only served on Sundays in many restaurants. These dishes are eaten with your hand by dipping the dough into the soup, and you are given a bowl of water with dish soap to wash before eating (note that Ghanaians eat only with their right hands). A delicious alternative to the starch-and-soup combination is red-red, a bean stew served with a side of fried plantains.

There are many wonderful places to stay in Ghana. There are many options including lavish hotels or more rustic places to stay.

For longer stays (a few months) it is possible to rent a house. Houses for rent are advertised in local newspapers and also in those places frequented by expats – Koala supermarket, Ryan’s Irish pub etc.

More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and where possible, the number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.