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THE BRAZIL PROGRAM
Brazil is a Hague country that recently licensed U.S. agencies, including LSS, for international adoption. Brazil is a pilot program, meaning we have processed fewer than ten adoptions from this country. With all pilot programs timelines may vary. LGBT couples and singles may adopt from Brazil. Currently, we are offering all new families a $2,000 reduction of Brazil’s country fee.Watch an On-Demand Webinar About This Program Now
CHILDREN IN BRAZIL
The greatest need is for families open to siblings, school-age children and children with identified needs. There are many reasons why children in Brazil need permanent homes including; abuse/neglect, familial drug/alcohol addiction, parental incarceration and poverty. The information available on children will vary slightly by state within Brazil.
THE CARE IN BRAZIL
Care of orphaned children in Brazil is generally undertaken by religious and non-profit organizations. The children are cared for in orphanages that provide food, clothing, education and medical care. As numerous studies have demonstrated, institutional care is not conducive to optimal development, therefore children may experience orphanage-related delays.
Like most international adoption programs, Brazil has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. All parents must be a minimum of 25 years old and at least 16 years older than the child(ren) being adopted. Heterosexual and LGBT couples or singles are eligible. All couples must be married, or living together, for a minimum of one year. There cannot be serious criminal, physical or mental health concerns. If adopting as a couple, both parents must travel and stay in Brazil for the duration of the in-country process. To be eligible for this program you must be open to adopting siblings.
Please contact us to discuss your individual eligibility.
The first step in the Traditional Track is to apply and begin the home study process. 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 USCIS approval and compile a dossier. We estimate the wait time for a referral to be 6-12 months after the country’s central authority (CEJA) approves the dossier. Timeline will be impacted by your openness to age and needs. Travel is required by both parents, we anticipate a stay of 35-45 days to complete bonding and the country court process. The U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro issues all adoption visas. Post placement reporting, completed by a social worker, is required at: 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after placement.View Brazil Fees and ExpensesCompare International Programs Side-by-Side