Adoption Program

Small World received a license to provide adoption services for USA Families seeking to adopt children in Madagascar January 2011. Our first adoptive family arrived from Madagascar in April 2011.  Small World is proud to partner with Zakaryah TINA as our liaison in Madagascar.

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.

 We are currently not accepting any new applications to our Madagascar program.  


Small World keeps a short waiting list in the Madagascar program to help avoid extended waiting times for our families.    

Madagascar is a Hague participating country and has a judicial process where both parents must appear in court. At least one adopting parent must spend a 30 day Probationary Period in country after court, bonding with their child. At least one adopting parent must spend an additional 30 day Objection Period in country before the court will issue the final decree of adoption. The adoption must be final before the visa interview at the US consulate and trip home to the USA. That means at least one adopting parent will be in country 2 to 3 months. The process of adoption in Madagascar yields an IR3 Visa which qualifies the adopted child to be a US Citizen upon arrival at any USA entry port after the Madagascar Adoption.

The adoption process in Madagascar

Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. The Small World employees communicate with you throughout the process of your home study and actually do your dossier for you as a service. Small World English speaking Representatives meet each family at the plane upon arrival in Antananarivo, Madagascar and guide and accompany you through every step of the adoption process.

You will be in Antananarivo, Madagascar approximately two to three months. Our representatives will walk you through the entire process in Antananarivo, culminating in your child’s visa from the US Consulate. Small World Representatives will accompany you to the airport for your departure from Madagascar back to your home with your child.

Small World, Inc. prohibits its employees and agents from giving money or other consideration, directly or indirectly, to a child’s parent(s), other individual(s), or an entity as payment for the child or as an inducement to release the child.  Any attempt to do so is grounds for immediate termination and report to all authorities necessary.

If permitted or required by the child’s country of origin, Small World may remit reasonable payments for activities related to the adoption proceedings, pre-birth and birth medical costs, the care of the child, the care of the birth mother while pregnant and immediately following birth of the child, or the provision of child welfare and child protection services generally.

Under no circumstances shall permitted or required contributions be remitted as payment for the child or as an inducement to release the child.  For any further questions concerning our Madagascar program please contact the Madagascar Program Director Wade Williams at



The age requirement for our Madagascar program is that each applicant be at least 25 years old and one of them at least 30 years of age while generally not more than 40 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 the Central authority in Madagascar if the applicant is more than 40 years older than the child.


Our Madagascar program requires that a family’s income be able to support the addition of a child and is subject to the Home Study opinion.


Madagascar does not allow more than 4 children per family. If you have 3 children Madagascar would allow you to adopt 1 child. If you have 4 children Madagascar will not allow you to adopt. Madagascar has children available for adoption from 2 – 14 years of age. Madagascar has stated to Small World that they “give preference” to families with no children.

Marital Status

Married heterosexual couples who have been married for at least 2 years may apply to adopt from Small World’s Madagascar program.


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

Post Adoption

Madagascar is intensely interested in the development of children placed for adoption. They require reports at 6 months and 1 year after the adoption plus an annual report each year until the child reaches the age of 18.

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


Fees for Madagascar adoption paid to Small World:

Application  $250
US State Dept. Monitoring Fee (per child)   $550
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) $3,600
Letter of Intent (per child) $2,500
Foreign Program Fee (per child unless indicated) $12,000
Post Placement/Post Adoption Services* (per child) $1,600

Estimated expenses associated with Madagascar adoption not paid to Small World:

Document procurement  $500
Visa (per person)  $118
Vaccine – Yellow Fever $150 – $350
COVID Testing (per person/per test) $100-$200
USCIS Application $775
FBI Fingerprints ($85 per adult living in the home) $170
Roundtrip Air from US (2 adults returning with 1 child) $6,000
Hotel/Ground Trans. (2 adults plus the adopted child) $4,500

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $41,440 – $41,740


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 at 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, 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 an exempt provider contract agreement with your home study agency.
Agency Fee Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed Homestudy.  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 *$800 in 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 and includes applicable translation fees.  For families residing outside of TN/MO, 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 Includes applicable translation fees. Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing. Approved dossier documents will not be sent for authentication/apostille until the Dossier Fee is paid in full.
Letter of Intent  Includes applicable translation fees. 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, applicable translation fees, and program development. Due to exchange rates and external costs, foreign program fees are subject to change. Orphanages in China request that adoptive families make a contribution to the orphanage for the care of the child and preparation of the child’s file which made them eligible for adoption. The average contribution requested by orphanages in China is $5,100. When agreed to by the client, the orphanage donation contribution is included in the foreign program fee invoiced prior to travel.

For China, the published foreign program fee assumes the full, standard orphanage donation contribution. Details regarding Small World’s process for the orphanage donation contribution 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 overpayment 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.


Country And Culture


Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Côtiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry: Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran


Madagascar lies in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa opposite Mozambique. The world’s fourth-largest island, it is twice the size of Arizona. The country’s low-lying coastal area gives way to a central plateau. The once densely wooded interior has largely been cut down.


The Malagasy are of mixed Malayo-Indonesian and African-Arab ancestry. Indonesians are believed to have migrated to the island about 700. King Andrianampoinimerina (1787–1810) ruled the major kingdom on the island, and his son, Radama I (1810–1828), unified much of the island. The French made the island a protectorate in 1885, and then, in 1894–1895, ended the monarchy, exiling Queen Rànavàlona III to Algiers. A colonial administration was set up, to which the Comoro Islands were attached in 1908, and other territories later. In World War II, the British occupied Madagascar, which retained ties to Vichy France.



Only one trip is required for adopting in Madagascar. Your trip will take place within approximately 2 months of receiving your referral and I800 approval. Madagascar law requires prospective parents to maintain custody of the child in Madagascar for 30 days after the court date for a probationary period and another 30 days for an objection period before the finalization of the adoption is released by the judge.

After the final decree is released you will need approximately 1 week to gather all exit documents with the assistance of the Small World representative in Tana (child’s passport, physical, and USA visa, etc.). Our attorney in Tana will be requesting waivers of any unnecessary wait time for the court documents. These decisions are made by the courts in Madagascar so it is totally out of your and Small World’s control.

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.