Considering an international adoption from Latin America? Take a look at adopting from Peru! MLJ recently became an approved agency in Peru and we are excited to begin the adoption journey with families interested in adoption of older children (6 and older), sibling groups of all ages and children with additional medical needs. Medical needs of Peruvian children can range from correctable to more severe needs. Families who have previously adopted from Latin American countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras or Mexico may want to consider adopting from Peru to grow their families.
Who Can Adopt?
- Married couples (there is no known length of marriage requirement)
- Single women
- Couples who have co-habitated for at least 2 years
- Adoptive parents must be between 25 and 52 years of age
- Parents must be at least 18 years older than the child
- There is no limit on number of children in the home, however preference may be given to families with fewer children
Because it is signatory to the Hague Convention, Peru maintains an adoption process that places the best interests of its children in need at the forefront. Additionally, Peru’s adoption process is a stable one that has recently undergone changes to make the process more efficient allowing children in need of families to be placed more quickly with adoptive parents.
What Does Adopting from Peru Look Like?
After adoptive parents complete their home study and dossier, the dossier is translated and sent to Peru. Wait times to be matched with a child or sibling group are anticipated to be 12 to 24 months, however this timeline could be shorter or longer depending on the characteristics of the child the prospective adoptive parents wish to be matched with.
Approximately 2 to 3 months after being matched with a child or sibling group, adoptive parents will travel to Peru and remain in country to complete their adoption process. One adoptive parent may return to the U.S. after the court process is finalized. During this extended time in-country, families are united with your child and the child resides with them. Parents will be visited and evaluated by a social worker with regards to the bonding period and to approve the adoption to move forward. Once the adoption is finalized, families will apply for your child’s visa and once approved, travel home with their child. The approximate time in-country is 5-8 weeks.
During the bonding time in-country you have the time to experience the country and culture that is rich in history, such as pre-Columbian history and the Incas. Peru is a beautiful country with many tourist sites that include touring Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Cusco ruins and Santa Domingo Convent, among many others. Peru is also a country of vast geography and landscapes from the Amazon jungle to the Andes, there is much to see and do and experiencing the history and culture of the country will be something a family will cherish and want to share with their child as they grow.
We look forward to the possibility of walking this adoption journey with you! For additional information about adopting from Peru, contact us.
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