International Adoptions

Dominican Republic

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About Adoption in the Dominican Republic

KidsFirst International Adoption began working in the Dominican Republic in February 2016. Our partner in the country is Madelaine Diaz Jimenez.


Parent Eligibility

  • Married couples only
  • Must be married at least 5 years
  • Must be at least 30 years old, and no more than 50 years older than the child 


Child Profiles

  • Children up for adoption in the Dominican Republic are generally orphaned due to voluntary or involuntary termination of parental rights, the death of a parent, or the inability of a parent to provide adequate care because they already have children or are parenting a child with special needs. Many children are abandoned at the hospital after birth.

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Process of Adopting from the Dominican Republic

To begin the adoption process from the Dominican Republic, the family must complete a Hague-approved Home Study and the dossier. We walk our families through the whole dossier stage.

Once these two steps are completed, the documents will be submitted to the Central Adoption Authority in the Dominican Republic  (CONANI).

Average Wait Time

The wait time to receive a child referral depends on your medical preferences and the age of the child.

Long wait for younger healthy children under the ages of 7–8.

For children older than 8, a family may be matched within a few months.

Travel Considerations

Prospective parents are required to travel for one trip. Both parents must be in the country for approximately 5 weeks for a socialization and cohabitation period. After this time, one parent may return home, giving the other parent power of attorney to complete the legal process, which can take an additional 2.5 to 3 months.

Friends of family members may join the parent in the Dominican Republic for the remainder of the trip.

What We Provide

One-On-One Communication

One-on-one communication with adoptive parents to ensure that they fully understand which programs and situations are best for them.


Responsive Help

Close communication with our representatives abroad and timely responses when issues arise.


We will provide you with as much information as possible to ensure that both the needs of the child and adoptive family are considered as we find a match.