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CHI’s Mexican Adoption Program

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Children’s House International recently is accredited by the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) as an adoption service provider.

We have a long history of working in Latin America, where our programs have in the past included Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. Our International Specialist has 20 years experience working in Latin America and she is an adoptive parent of Latin American children. She speaks fluent Spanish and travels regularly to Mexico. Children’s House believes that consistent in person contact with the authorities and representatives are very important to insure a smoother process for the families.

Children’s House works directly with Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) who is Mexico’s federal social services and also their Central Authority. We feel privileged and hope to help many waiting Mexican children find their forever families. We are anxious to help answer any questions you may have about this program.

Why Children’s House International?

There are a lot of good people working in adoption. What makes CHI different? We promise attention to detail – we’ll be spending the hours on the telephone and computer with Mexico while you prepare your new child’s room. We’ll make sure your paperwork is in order so your approvals happen as smoothly as possible. We will be there to answer your questions and we will always try to get right back with you quickly. We will point you in the direction of useful resources to help in your planning – things like Mexican adoption Internet groups, books and language resources, qualified specialists in International adoption to answer your medical and developmental questions, and more. When it comes time to travel, we’ll arm you with all the information you need to make your trip both successful and pleasurable. Lastly, we won’t make you bring large sums of cash with you when you travel. All money for the adoption can be handled through CHI here in the US. Our goal is to make your adoption experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Children’s House International is proud of its reputation. We would be happy to answer all your questions.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

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Adoption Process

Once you have decided to adopt you will be anxious to get started with the paperwork part of the process.

Steps to an International Adoption From Mexico:

  1. Complete an intake call with the International Specialist. This is to verify that you qualify for the Mexico program.
  2. Send CHI your completed Application and Application Fee, along with your signed Agency Retainer Agreement, Financial Disclosure Agreement, and all other contractual forms downloaded from the CHI document site.
  3. Begin your Home Study; take Adoption Education Courses and read suggested educational materials. If you live in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, or Washington, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, we will help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study. Because Mexico is a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, a home study completed by an agency who is Hague accredited is required. The social worker completing your home study will visit you and your family, conduct thorough interviews, educate your family on adoption issues, review the required paperwork (birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decrees, etc) and then prepare a detailed report. Mexico requires a letter from a Psychologist and this also must be mentioned in the home study, which averages 7 to 10 pages in length.
  4. File the I-800A with USCIS. Once your home study is complete, you will file form I800A, along with other supporting documents with U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS). During this process, which typically takes 2 to 4 months from start to finish, you and your spouse will be fingerprinted through the FBI and the home study and other documents will be reviewed by USCIS. Your approval will be mailed to you. This approval is one of the requirements in order for your adopted child to obtain a visa and be able to enter the U.S. Also, if you don’t already have them, obtain your passports. If you already have passports, make sure they will not expire during your adoption process.
  5. Gather Dossier documents and forward Dossier to CHI. The dossier is a collection of all the required paperwork for your adoption file that Mexican government will review. CHI will send you detailed instructions on dossier preparation at the beginning. This can take anywhere from several weeks to months to compile. The dossier is first is sent your State Capitol (Secretary of State) where they will attach an Apostile to each document. This confirms the authenticity of the notary.
  6. Your completed dossier will be sent to Mexico for translation. Then the dossier is sent on to Mexico City, to the SRE Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores and the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, National DIF, and then is sent on to the state DIF that we request, which reviews your dossier and children available for adoption. The time the DIF takes to offer a referral varies and greatly depends upon the age and sex of the child** that is requested by the adoptive family and whether a child that suits the request is legally free and available for adoption.
  7. ** Note – It is not possible to request the sex of the child in some states of Mexico.

  8. Once the Mexican authorities (S.R.E)(National DIF)(State DIF) have received and approved the dossier, State DIF provides the referral to CHI and their Social Services Supervisor will send it to the family . Time from dossier approval to referral varies according to the age and or special need requested. Generally, the average waiting time for a referral once the dossier is received in Mexico is 9 to 12 months.
  9. After you receive a referral, both parents must travel to Mexico to the region where the child lives. The purpose of this first trip is to meet and bond with your child at the children’s home. The duration of this trip varies depending on the age of the child but is typically 3-5 weeks. At the end of the visit, the orphanage director, your family (and child, if age appropriate) agree to move forward with the placement.
  10. Upon acceptance of the placement, an I-800 is filed with USCIS to determine the adoptability of the child. The DIF issues the formal referral, the “Article 16” and “Article 17” reports, with the child’s legal, social and medical history. The referral documents are translated and submitted to USCIS with the family’s I-800 form and other required documents. USCIS replies within two weeks. After the I-800 is provisionally approved by USCIS, the file is transferred to the US Embassy in Mexico City. The US Embassy begins the visa application process with a Consular Officer, which requires additional documents from the family, including the DS 260. If the Consular Officer determines the child appears eligible to immigrate to the US, the SRE/National DIF will be notified, with what is called the “Article 5” letter. Adoptive families CANNOT move forward in the adoption process until the Article 5 letter is issued.
  11. After the above approvals from SRE/National DIF and the Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy, the judicial process begins. This may take anywhere from three to six months. As the Central Authority, the DIF is responsible for beginning this step in the process. The Court issues the adoption decree, which is needed in order for the child to receive a new birth certificate, which allows the child to apply for a passport.
  12. The second trip is generally 3 to 6 months after first one for approximately 2-4 weeks to complete the adoption process. The final steps include receiving the court documents and approval from the state DIF and the new birth certificate.
  13. The family and child are then eligible to travel to Mexico City to meet with the US Embassy. Once a passport is obtained, the child will complete the required medical exam and lab reports. The visa for the child will be issued and they can then enter the US. This usually requires at least one week in Mexico City.
  14. As soon as the child’s visa is issued the case is completed. The family may return to the US with their child.

The child will become a United States citizen automatically upon their arrival to the United States, and the family will receive the child’s Certificate of Citizenship soon thereafter.

The average time to complete the adoption once the referral is received is 8 to 10 months.

CHI will guide you through this process from beginning to end.

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Children Waiting For Families in Mexico

The children available for adoption in Mexico are 5 years and older. Sibling groups of all ages are also available and must be adopted together. There are many precious children with special needs of all ages waiting for families. Families may request children age 5 and older, sibling groups or those with special needs of any age. Most sibling groups contain children that are over 5 years old.

**In some states in Mexico, it is not possible to request the sex of the child.

All referrals of children to adoptive families are made through the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF).

Kinship Adoptions – Families adopting related children (nieces, nephews, and siblings) are obliged to follow the same procedures as those adopting unrelated children, however the initial time waiting for referral does not apply.

ETHNIC GROUPS – Mexican children are from a variety of ethnic groups that make up Mexico’s rich, cultural heritage. These groups are made up of: Mestizos the largest part of population, and they are a mix of indigenous and Spanish.

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Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals respect your confidentiality while we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study


If you live in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, or Washington, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, we will help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study.

Because Mexico is a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, a home study completed by an agency who is Hague accredited is required. It takes approximately two to three months to complete your home study, maybe a little longer. Some states have more requirements than others. Several post placement reports from your social worker will be required when you return home with your child.

The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services) immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the U.S. Embassy and enter the U.S. and become a citizen.

Mexico Adoptive Parent Requirements

  • Heterosexual married couples (length of marriage is generally 2 years (This may vary depending on the requirements of different states)
  • Singles may adopt on a case by case basis. (This may vary depending on the requirements of different states)
  • The minimum age for adoptive parents is 25 and they must now be more than 15 years older than the child.
  • At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen
  • Adoptive parents must have a normal life expectancy with no degenerative or infectious diseases, or mental health issues but some health conditions are acceptable
  • Adoptive parents must have clean criminal history records to adopt from Mexico
  • US Citizens living abroad or those living in Mexico may adopt. (This may vary depending on the requirements of different states)
  • Kinship adoption (adopting a related child) are permitted but except for the matching process, the adoption process is the same

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Travel Process

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Both adoptive parents must be present for the initial three to five week integration period, during which the child will be in the care of the children’s home. The integration period takes place in the region where the child lives, after meetings with government officials. If DIF determines that this is a favorable placement at the end of the integration period, the judicial process begins. The total time for this trip will be three to five weeks.

The second trip is typically spaced 3 to 5 months after the first and averages 2 to 4 weeks. The last week of this is in Mexico City to complete the visa process.

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Waiting Children

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There are many of children available for adoption in Mexico who have special needs. These include all ages with special needs, sibling groups, or children 5 years and older without special needs.

Families who are interested in opening their hearts to any child with a particular special need must enter the program and, with our help, prepare their dossier. The State DIF will communicate back to us regarding specific children who might meet the parameters of the family’s request.

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Country Facts

Mexico is located in the North America and it is a federal constitution republic. The United States of America is located on its north and it has the Pacific Ocean on its west and south. On the east of Mexico there is the Gulf of Mexico and on its southeast it is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Belize and Guatemala.

Mexico is not just the fifth largest nation in the Americas but it is also the 14th largest independent country on earth. It has about one hundred and nine million people living in its land and as such, this makes Mexico the 11th most populated country on earth.

Chichén-Itzá, in Mexico, is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. This archaeological site is one of the attractions of this nation. As per the World Tourism Organization, it is one of the most preferred tourist locations worldwide. In the year 2005, Mexico was the 7th most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Most of the locations in the country have a dry climate with periodic rainfall. The Mexican economy is the 10th-12th largest worldwide. The tourism industry plays a very important role in bringing in revenue for the country.

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