KidsFirst International Adoption, Inc. recently received approval to work in the Dominican Republic! We are very excited to bring this opportunity to families interested in international adoption.
We believe that the DR is a beautiful country with beautiful, spirited people. There is a true need for orphan adoption in the country. Children in the Dominican Republic are orphaned due to voluntary or involuntary termination of parental rights, death of a parent, or the inability of the parent to provide care because of multiple children or a child with special needs. Many children are abandoned after their birth, at the hospital, because the family is experiencing extreme poverty. Drug and alcohol use is not as common for the mother, as in some other countries. Many of the children are born to parents who are of Haitian or Dominican descent.
Married couples, ages 30-50 years, are eligible to adopt. Medical information and pictures are provided with the child’s referral. Here are the average wait times we anticipate:
For a child 8 months to 3 years, approximately 1.5 years to receive a referral
For a child 3 to 5 years, approximately 1-1.5 years to receive a referral
For a child 5 to 8 years, less than 1 year to receive a referral
For a child older than 8 years, the family can be matched within a few months
Prospective parents are required to travel for one trip. Both parents must be in the country for approximately 5 weeks for a socialization period and a cohabitation period. After this time, one parent may return to the US, giving the other parent Power of Attorney to complete the legal process, which is an additional 2.5 to 3 months. Friends or family members may join the parent in the DR for the remainder of the trip. Accommodations are prearranged. Families will stay in a secure hotel and will communicate with our Coordinator on a regular basis.
We realize the in-country stay is long but the country is sunny and beautiful with good accommodations and meanwhile you are bonding with your new child! We feel that the Dominican Republic provides families with an opportunity to adopt a very young child from a country with a stable adoption program.