Adopting from Jordan
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) grants guardianship of children to the intended parents who must adopt the child in their country. Americans considering adoption of a Jordanian child must obtain guardianship from a Jordanian court and subsequently adopt the child in the USA. The Shari'a adoption flyer on guardianship in Islamic countries (PDF)
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Jordan, you must be found eligible to adopt by the US government.
The Jordanian Children Available for Adoption
The children from Jordan will generally have fare to olive skin and dark hair and dark eyes. Children are available between the ages of two months and 16 years old. In some cases there may be sibling groups available. Preference will be given to those families seeking to keep the children together.
The Jordanian Children Available for Adoption
General requirements for the adoptive parents
- No residency requirements for prospective adoptive parents
- Age requirements: the husband must be between 35 and 55 years of age and the wife must be between 30 and 50 years of age
- Marriage requirements: prospective adoptive parents must be married for a minimum of five years.
- Only married couples will be up accepted.
- The prospective adoptive parents must be certified by a physician as infertile.
- Prospective parents may have up to two children already in the home, included adopted children. If the parents already have one child then the adopted Jordanian child must be of the same-sex.
- Parents who have previously adopted from Jordan must wait a minimum of two years before adopting another child of the same-sex from Jordan.
Jordanian Adoption Process
Two trips will be required. The initial trip will involve an interview with the MSD. A few months later the family will be notified of their approval as adoptive parents. The family will be invited to Jordan to see the referred child. Families will be met at the airport and escorted throughout the trips.
Jordanian Adoption Post Placement Requirements
Once you have returned to United States with your child, you will have legal custody or guardianship of the child. Due to the nature of the Jordanian adoption process, families must readopt the child in the USA. In addition, the adoptive parents are required to register the child and inform the Jordanian embassy or consulate of any change in address.
Arabic is the official language in Jordan but English is also widely spoken. Jordan is primarily a Muslim country although the freedom of all religions is protected. In public people are expected to dress appropriately and conservatively.
The Kingdom of Jordan was founded by King Abdullah the First after World War I. Jordan is now a modern nation which has enjoyed a remarkable measure of peace, stability and economic growth in recent decades.
Perhaps one of the most famous sites in Jordan is the ancient Nabataean city of Petra. Petra is one of the World Wonders and perhaps one of the most stunning attractions in the Middle East. Jordan is a country of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts: from the Jordan Valley, fertile and ever-changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still. Visitors can explore splendid desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum desert or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea.
The capital of Jordan is Amman, a large commercial city situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Amman is a wonderful mixture of old and new, ultramodern buildings, hotels, restaurants, art galleries as well as the traditional coffee shop and artistsan's workshops. The people of Amman are multicultural, well-educated and extremely hospitable. Things to see in Amman are the Jordan archaeological Museum, the Jordan Folklore Museum, Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Haya Center, Martyrs Memorial and Military Museum, The Royal automobile Museum and The Children's Museum.
The place where Moses was buried and the most revered holy site in Jordan. Atop the mountain one can see the vast panorama that encompasses the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jerico and Jerusalem. Mount Nebo remains a place of pilgrimage for Christians. Mount Nebo's first church was built in the late 4th century to mark the site of Moses's death.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea has a historical and spiritual legacy of its own. It is believed to be the site of five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar (Bela). Today its eastern shore is sparsely populated and serenely quiet. Much of this landscape is virtually unchanged since ancient times and is a favorite holiday spa. One can spend the day sunbathing, swimming or dining. You can relax in the warm, gentle lapping waters and be amazed that you cannot sink. Lot's Sanctuary one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Jordan, is located near modern Safi. The cave is on a hill near tiny spring overlooking the Dead Sea. A dried pillar of salt nearby is said to be the remains of Lot's wife, who disobeyed God's warning not look back as she fled Sodom.
The side of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, (Gadara is known today as Umm Quays) was renown in its time as a cultural center. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, the founder of a rhetorical school in Rome. Perched on splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts an impressive columned terrace and the ruins of two theaters. The main sites are the ruins of the Roman city, with its Western Theater, colonnaded street, mausoleum and baths. The Umm Qays museum contains artifacts, mosaics and statues. Just north of Umm Qays are the famous Al-Himma's therapeutic hot springs.
A World Wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra is without doubt Jordan's most valuable treasure and the greatest tourist attraction. Petra is sometimes called the "Lost City" as it was completely lost to the western world until it was rediscovered in 1812. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, and industrial Arab civilization who settled there more than 2000 years ago. Petra was an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that link China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury or Al-Khazneh, appears at the end of the Siq. This site was used in the final sequence of the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This towering green façade is only the first of Petra's secrets. Petra during daylight is an inspiring experience. Perhaps even better is to experience it at night by the light of 1800 candles a truly out of this world experience. One can walk from the Siq to the Khazneh following a candlelit path and enjoying the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury.
There are numerous things to see into in Jordan including exploring the deserts of the Wadi Rum, the sandy beaches and coral reefs of the Red Sea, nature reserves such as the Dana Nature Reserve or the Azraq Wetland Reserve along with desert castles and ancient ruins and numerous other historical treasures