Mexico Adoption

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This program is: open

Mexico requires that the child live with the prospective adoptive parents for a 1-3 week trial period. This must be completed in Mexico. With the combination of the trial period and the required paperwork, most applicants should expect to spend around 3 months in Mexico. It is required that potential adoptive parents be 25 years or older and at least 17 years older than the child. If it is a joint application, for a married couple, only one of the applicants must meet these requirements. The average time frame for Mexico adoptions is around 3-8 months. But that number can vary. There were 22 finalized adoptions in 2011.

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Travel required: Yes, one trip of approximately one to three weeks; both parents (if married) must travel.

Convention Country?: Yes

Singles accepted: Yes

Other: Efforts are first made to place children with relatives or Mexican applicants. Mexican adoption procedure includes a six-month trial period during which the child lives with the adoptive parents to assure mutual benefit. The adoption is not final until after this time, and the child cannot leave Mexico before it is complete. However, in the case of a foreign adoption, the trial period may be waived at the judge''s discretion. If the judge does not approve a waiver, the adoptive parents must live in Mexico for six months to care for the child.

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