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Peru is an extremely biodiverse country in western South America.  Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, it is also home to part of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon River and rainforest.  Peru is a multiethnic democratic republic well known for its rich history and ancient cultures.  The capital of Peru is Lima.  Peru is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all intercountry adoptions between Peru and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.  Hague countries have additional safeguards to ensure ethical adoptions and tend to be more stable and predictable in processing adoptions.

All adoptions in Peru are completed through a collaborative effort with Peru’s Central Authority for adoptions, the Dirección General de Adopciones (DGA) within the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP). Only DGA can certify cases as Convention compliant and approve children eligible for adoption.



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  • Both boys and girls are available for adoption.
  • Available children range in age from six years to teens.
  • Sibling groups of all ages are available.
  • Children with special needs, including those with known needs ranging from minor/correctable to severe, are available for


Both married couples and single women may adopt from Peru.  Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and no older than 52.  Prospective parents must demonstrate their ability to support the physical and emotional needs of the child.


  1. Submit an adoption application to MLJ Adoptions International Inc.
  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. Once USCIS has approved you to adopt from Peru, you will receive your I-797C provisional-approval notice.
  5. Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, your dossier will be translated and submitted to DGA for review and registration to adopt from Peru.
  6. You will be added to the list of waiting families and it can take 12 to 24 months to be matched with a child or children.
  7. Upon referral acceptance, MLJ will assist you with completing and filing of your I-800.
  8. You will then travel to Peru for a period of approximately 5-8 weeks to unite with your child, complete your socialization process and begin the finalization of your court process.
  9. The final step is to obtain the US visa for your child and return home.
  10. The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption until you travel to Peru.


After being matched with a child, the adoptive parents are required to travel to Peru.  One trip of approximately 5-8 weeks spent in Peru is required. On this trip, families will be united with their child(ren) and attend the court hearing that finalizes the adoption. Once the legal process is complete, you will be able to apply for their visa to bring their child(ren).


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. Your home study provider will prepare post-adoption reports and submit them to MLJ at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after the adoption is finalized. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; MLJ is committed to showing the Peruvian Adoption authority 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 Hague Convention.  Therefore, MLJ charges a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post placement reports in advance.


The program fee for a Peruvian adoption is $24,495.00. Additional estimated expenses may apply, please see the attached fee sheet. In addition, your out-of-pocket expenses may further be 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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Peru Adoption Program Details

  • The program fee for a Peruvian adoption is $24,495.00
  • Children will be 6 years of age or older
  • Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and no older than 52.
  • Referral time is typically 12-24 months depending on the family’s openness to age, gender, and special need

More Information on Peru Adoptions

Peru Adoption Overview

U.S. Relations with Peru

U.S. Department of State Information on Peru