Pilot program, please contact us for more information
THE MEXICO PROGRAM
Mexico is a Hague Country. Our Mexico program offers Traditional and Waiting Child Tracks. This is a pilot program, meaning we have had fewer than ten adoptions from this country. As with all pilot programs, the timelines may vary.View an On-Demand Webinar About This Program Now
CHILDREN IN MEXICO
Children in Mexico are relinquished, abandoned or have had a termination of parental rights. Most children eligible for international adoption are five years and older; some are part of a sibling group that needs to be placed together. The greatest need is for families open to school-age children, sibling groups and children with identified needs.
THE CARE IN MEXICO
Children in Mexico are cared for in orphanages, foster homes and private adoption houses that are all supervised by the Mexican Central Authority, Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF). Children receive medical care, nutrition and education. 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, Mexico has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. Applicants must be at least 25 years old and at least 17 years older than the child being adopted. Applicants must be free of serious criminal, physical or mental health concerns. Married couples, single men and single women are eligible. Heterosexual and same-sex couples must be married a minimum of two years. There are limited states within Mexico open to placing with same-sex couples. Applicants must travel to Mexico to complete the in-country process.
Some requirements may be flexible for those pursuing an adoption through our Waiting Child Track.
Please contact us to discuss your individual eligibility.
The first step in the Traditional Track 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 completion of a dossier. The wait for referral begins when Mexico’s Central Authority approves your dossier; we anticipate the wait to be approximately 6-12 months depending on openness to a child’s age and needs. Travel occurs approximately 5-9 weeks after referral acceptance. Two trips to Mexico are required: the first trip lasts approximately 3-5 weeks and the second trip is approximately 2-4 weeks.
Post placement reports written by a social worker are required every six months for the first three years after placement. Self-report are then required annually until the child turns 18.
Families following the Waiting Child Track will bypass the wait for referral, but are required to complete all other steps in the process.View Mexico Fees and ExpensesCompare International Programs Side-by-Side