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THE MARSHALL ISLANDS PROGRAM
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI, or Marshall Islands) is not yet a signatory to the Hague Convention. Our Marshall Islands program offers the Traditional and Waiting Child Tracks. Marshall Islands is an open adoption program and all applicants need to be welcoming of open and lasting relationships with the birth family.
CHILDREN IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS
An adoption plan is chosen by the birth parent. Children in this program are generally 2-12 months of age at time of referral. Most children are considered to be healthy with no known needs, others may have minor/correctable needs. Children with moderate to lifelong needs may be placed through our Waiting Child Track.
THE CARE IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS
Children in the Marshall Islands are cared for by their birth family until the adoption. In rare cases the children may be cared for in foster homes. Quality of familial care can vary. There are no orphanages in the Marshall Islands.
Like most international adoption programs, the Marshall Islands has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. Heterosexual couples married a minimum of one year and single women are eligible. There needs to be at least 25 years, and no greater than 50 years, between the age of the child and the youngest applicant. All applicants must be open to gender and must agree to an open and lasting relationship with the child’s birth family. Travel to the Marshall Islands is required for both parents and any children already in the home.
Please contact us to discuss your individual eligibility.
The first step in the Traditional program is to apply and begin the home study. If you live in MN, Western WI, MD or VA, Children’s Home and LSS can complete your home study. Then, we will guide you to apply for approval from USCIS and complete a dossier. The wait for referral begins once your dossier is submitted. Travel generally occurs 2-4 weeks after referral acceptance, but can vary widely depending on court availability. One trip of approximately 4-6 weeks is required for all members of the adoptive family (parents and children already in home). One parent must remain in the Marshall Islands for the entirety of the in-country process; one parent and/or children already in home may return to the U.S. after the court process is complete.
Post placement reports written by a social worker are required 3, 6 and 12 months after placement.
Families following the Waiting Child Track will bypass the wait for referral, but are required to complete all other steps in the process.View Marshall Islands Fees and ExpensesCompare International Programs Side-by-Side Global Family Support