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Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is bordered by the United States to the north and Belize and Guatemala to the southeast. Mexico is about one-fifth the size of the United States. Baja California in the west is an 800-mile (1,287-km) peninsula that forms the Gulf of California. In the east are the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Campeche, which is formed by Mexico’s other peninsula, the Yucatán. The center of Mexico is a great, high plateau, open to the north, with mountain chains on the east and west and with ocean-front lowlands beyond. It is the second most populous country in Latin America. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, Mexico City is its capital and largest city.

All adoptions in Mexico are completed through a collaborative effort with the Mexican Central Authority that is comprised of multiple entities including two federal authorities as well as an adoption authority in each of the 31 states. The two federal authorities are the Secretary of Exterior Relations, or Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), which issues key Hague Adoption Convention documentation and the National System for the Full Development of the Family, or Sistema Nacional para el Desarollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), which coordinates national policy for child and family welfare.  Both of these entities are federal, additionally DIF also operates state offices.  Federal offices of SRE and DIF are located in Mexico City.


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  • Mexican children from age five to teens are available for adoption.
  • Children available are primarily of Hispanic descent.
  • Both boys and girls are available and gender preference may be specified.
  • Sibling groups are available.
  • Children with special needs are available.


  • Single women and married couples, who have been married at least three years, may adopt from Mexico.  Single women must be at least 25 years old and married couples must be at least 18 years old.
  • To adopt from Mexico, single women must be at least 25 years old, married couples must be at least 18 years old, however USCIS requires U.S. citizens adopting abroad must be 25 years of age.
  • Applicants must be in good health, show financial stability and the ability to provide financially and emotionally for a child through adulthood.


    1. Submit your adoption application to MLJ Adoptions International.
    2. Complete your adoption home study and submit form I-800A to USCIS.
    3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
    4. For U.S. families, once USCIS has approved you to adopt from Mexico, you will receive your 797 provisional approval notice.
    5. Once your USCIS provisional approval has been received your dossier is complete, your dossier is sent to Mexico, to be reviewed, approved and registered at the federal level. Once approved, your dossier is then sent to the state DIF office and your name added to the waitlist to be matched with a child. Current approximate wait times to be matched with a child are anticipated to be 18 – 36 months and are dependent on the characteristics of child you are hoping to adopt and the children eligible for adoption at the time you are placed on the wait list.
    6. Upon referral acceptance, you will file your I800 application and upon provisional approval travel to meet your children and complete the Court legal process.
    7. Upon Court approval of your adoption, the attorney in Mexico will assist you with obtaining your child’s post-adoption birth certificate and Mexican passport.
    8. After the child’s passport is obtained, you will travel to the U.S. embassy or consulate to complete the visa processing for your child.
    9. Once your child’s visa is received you travel home with your child!
    1.  he children reside at orphanages while waiting adoption.
    2. Mexican adoptions can take on average from 30 – 60 months to complete.


You receive a proposed match of a child from MLJ Adoptions International in collaboration with state DIF.  The child’s documents will include a medical examination of the child, birth certificate of the child, a photo of the child, social history of the child, applicable consents and legal paperwork and any available known history. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision to move forward with the adoption of a child. Once you decide to accept the proposed match, you will be considered “matched” with the child. After filing the I800 application, you will travel to Mexico and wait to complete the legal adoption process in Mexico and apply for the child’s visa.  Most families invited to travel will receive approximately a two to four-week notice.  Currently one trip to Mexico is anticipated, however this is dictated by the state you are adopting from and up to two trips to Mexico can be required with two additional trips a possibility.  Each trip ranges from 3 days to 3 weeks in length.  During these trips, you will attend court proceedings, the child’s medical appointment, the embassy appointment, and receive the child’s Orphan Visa.


Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.


Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your home study provider. Mexico requires two post adoption reports for the first three years then once a year thereafter. Your home study provider will prepare post-adoption reports and submit them to MLJ Adoptions International and these will begin from the date of placement. Reports are to include your child’s developmental progress and photos. This is a very serious commitment; MLJ Adoptions International is committed to showing the Mexican Government and birth families that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by the U.S. Department of State.  Therefore, a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports is charged and families are required to pay for the cost of the post placement reports in advance.


The program fee for an adoption from Mexico is $23,895.00. Additional estimated expenses may apply, please see the attached fee sheet.  In addition, your out-of-pocket expenses may be further reduced if you receive adoption grants, scholarships or other employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information, please see Exhibit A.

Please contact Sonja Brown at or call 317-875-0058 with any questions.

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To learn more about adopting from Mexico, you may contact us, email Sonja Brown at, or call 317-875-0058

Albania Adoption Program Details

  • Program fees are $23,895
  • Children will be 5 years of age or older
  • Referral time is typically 18-36 months depending on the family’s openness to age, gender, and special need.

More Information on Albania Adoptions

Mexico Adoption Overview

U.S. Relations with Mexico

U.S. Department of State Information on Mexico