Yalla Kafala

Yalla Kafala Foundation (YK) is a USA based NGO founded in 2020 with the vision to build the best possible future for orphans and kafala (guardianship/adoption) families.

Our mission is advancing quality care for orphans by advocating, educating, and developing resources for growing families. Yalla Kafala is creating a better life for orphans inEgypt by raising awareness and shattering stereotypes about Kafala (guardianship/adoption).

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What is "Kafala"?

Kafala is the process in Islam of taking legal parental guardianship by bringing an orphan permanently into your home and raising them as part of your family.

In some Islamic countries, including Egypt, the term ‘Kafala’ of Islamic law describes a situation similar to adoption, but not necessarily with the transference of inheritance rights or the change of the child’s full name.

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Questions and Answers

Can I choose the baby I will adopt? How?
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After receiving a letter of approval, you can visit one of the orphanages of your choice and start to look out for a child that would fit into your family. Some families look for small babies, others prefer an older child. Discuss your preferences and what your capabilities are with the orphanage and they will be able to guide you and you can initiate what we call the bonding time.

How long does the process of application till approval take?
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In the past it used to take different amount of time depending on the governorate where application was submitted (sometimes 3 months, in others 6 months or more)

With the new kafala system being implemented it will be maximum 4.5 months and as soon as the assessment by the MOSS is completed for the family, they can start their journey of searching for their child (most commonly it is 3 months or less).

What papers do I need?
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  • National ID.
  • Educational diploma of each spouse or for the mother in case a single mother applies.
  • Medical certificate for each spouse.
  • Criminal record of each spouse.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Income statement for different sources of income.
  • Contract of the owned house in Egypt.
  • Contract of rented flat (recent electricity and water bills).
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