7 Reasons Why the Adaptation Period in Nicaragua is Beneficial


205215_10150141961024420_7076764_nWhen families consider adopting from a Latin American country, Nicaragua is a great option for those wanting younger children. Often times, families lose interest or become discouraged when they find out that there is an in-country stay of anywhere from 10-20 weeks when adopting from Nicaragua. Despite the extended stay, the time spent in Nicaragua is very beneficial for both the family and children. Our Nicaragua international adoption program and is our most child-centered program.

7 Reasons Why the Adaptation Period in Nicaragua is Beneficial

  1. Allows families to spend quiet time with their children without the interruptions of other family members, friends, and other commitments. Life at home for most of us is very busy!
  2. Families have the opportunity to relax and spend time together.
  3. The child/children have the opportunity to get to know the family in a quiet atmosphere with fewer interruptions.
  4. Foods that are familiar and comforting to the child are available.
  5. Sounds, including the speech of those around them, are familiar and comforting as well.
  6. People that are familiar with the child/children are available for help if needed.
  7. The adaptation period is a good time to assess the fit of the child into the family. Problems and hurdles are best dealt with early on while still in country, rather than after the child is home.


While it may be difficult to spend an extended time away for most families, the benefits to the child and to the family far outweigh the negative. A dedicated time for bonding may be just what your family is looking for. Families that are interested in adopting a young child from a Latin American country should consider Nicaragua.

For more information about international adoption, please contact us.

Lydia Tarr works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptions’ programs in Bulgaria and Ukraine. She is the adoptive mother of four children from Ukraine and was recognized as a 2013 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Program.