- Married couples only; must be married at least 5 years
- Prospective parents must be at least 30 years of age and no more than 50 years older than the child
Children Needing Families:
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 at the hospital after their birth.
Requirements & Process:
Prospective adoptive families must have a Hague approved home study and dossier. KidsFirst will help you prepare these documents and walk you through every step. A medical certificate, psychological evaluation, and FBI clearance are required for the DR dossier. Once the home study and dossier are done, they are then submitted to the country for review by the adoption authorities at CONANI. Once the dossier is approved, the family is placed on the waiting list for a referral.
Avg. Referral Waits:
The wait time to receive a child referral depends on the age and medical preferences (healthy vs. minor, correctible conditions vs. more complicated medical issues) the family has identified.
- 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 Dominican Republic for the remainder of the trip
Accommodations are prearranged for the family. Our Dominican Republic coordinator will communicate with the prospective parents regularly while in the country to walk you through every step of the process.