Adoption Agencies and Information for Lesotho
Our Agency, Adoption Services, Inc. can help you with a domestic adoption, but we are no longer doing international adoptions due to problems that can occur in any international adoption. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help.
Regarding adoptions from this foreign country:
In Lesotho, intercountry adoptions are governed under the Child Welfare and Protection Act, no. 60 of 1980 and the Adoption Proclamation of 1952. Under these laws, prospective adoptive parents are required to reside in Lesotho for two years before adoptions. Despite this, intercountry adoptions are processed and approved. There are no adoption agencies or attorneys approved by the Lesotho government. Prospective adoptive parents apply directly to the Department of Social Welfare. At this time, there are no formal application forms.
The government office responsible for adoptions in Lesotho is the following:
Department of Social Welfare
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
P/Bag A 222
Tel: +266 (22) 326-013
LESOTHO EMBASSY AND CONSULATE IN THE UNITED STATES:
Embassy Of The Kingdom Of Lesotho
2511 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W.,
Washington, D.C. 20008
For more information about adoption from this country and about adoption agencies that can assist you, please visit the websites below. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any of the adoption agencies they plan to use for adoption services.
Lesotho: Additional Adoption Agencies and Contact Information
The Joint Council for International Children’s Services (JCICS) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations of licensed non-profit international adoption agencies. All of the above adoption agencies are listed as members of JCICS.