Dominican Republic Adoption Program


Illien Adoptions International, Inc. is accredited by CONANI (Consejo Nacional para la Niñez y la Adolescencia)-- the Central Authority for Adoption in the Dominican Republic to assist US citizen families in the adoption of children from Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic and the United States are both
parties to the Hague Convention. Therefore, all available children for adoption must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee in order for him or her to qualify for a visa to enter the United States. For more information about the Hague Convention, please refer to the US Department of State’s adoption website.

Timeframe to Adopt from Dominican Republic
 
Time frames for international adoptions are never certain because there are many factors that contribute to the time an adoption process may take. One key factor is the profile of the child prospective adoptive families are open to adopt. Families who seek to adopt a child under age 5 without some medical issues will wait longer for a match than a family who is open to adopt a sibling group of any size or a child of any age who may have some special needs. These preferences affect the time that a family may wait for a referral from the country's central adoption authority.
 
Specific Requirements of the Dominican Republic for Prospective Adoptive Parents
 
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Both prospective adoptive parents must comply simultaneously with the period of cohabitation required by Law. If adopting a child under 12 years old, cohabitation shall be for at least 60 days. If adopting a child over 12 years of age, cohabitation shall be for at least 30 days.
 
AGE REQUIREMENTS: The prospective adoptive parents must be between 30 and 60 years of age and at least 15 years older than the child they wish to adopt.
 
MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: Only heterosexual couples who have been married for five years or more are allowed to adopt from the Dominican Republic. Single individuals and unmarried couples are not permitted to adopt.
 
Children Available for Intercountry Adoption
 
The country of Dominican Republic includes many ethnic groups composed of European, Mestizo, Indigenous, Spanish, and African backgrounds.  Children available for intercountry adoption are representative of all of these ethnic groups. 
 
In general, the Dominican government gives the highest preference for children under four years of age to people of Dominican descent but exceptions may be made when the child has some special needs.  Illien Adoptions International, Inc. does not accept applications for “healthy” children in any program because all children who have been institutionalized have some needs, which may not be readily visible, such as lack of stimulation, emotional needs, and undiagnosed medical problems.  Understanding the special needs of institutionalized children is a requirement of parent preparation for adoption.  Illien Adoptions encourages prospective adoptive parents to be flexible and understanding about the parameters of the child or children they are seeking to adopt.
 
Dominican children available for adoption must first be declared abandoned or orphaned and recognized as such by CONANI.  Some of the children eligible for intercountry adoption have been diagnosed with minor to severe medical needs such as cleft palate, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, HIV/AIDS, and other disabilities.  Dominican Republic permits the adoption of relatives, sibling groups, and unrelated children.  Illien has a special program for children who are HIV+.  It is possible to adopt a very young child in this category. 
 
Dominican Republic and the United States, having signed the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption, are parties to what will, from this point on in this document, be referred to as the Hague Convention.  Therefore, all available children for adoption must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee in order for him or her to qualify for a visa to enter the United States.  
 
How to Learn More About or Begin the Adoption Process for Dominican Republic
 
If you are interested in learning more about our Dominican Republic Program and our agency, go to our website's "How to Get Started " inquiry page. This is a form that helps us respond to your questions more efficiently, and there is no cost or obligation. Please fill it out completely, click on SUBMIT, and your inquiry will be directed to our agency’s Dominican Republic Program Coordinator who will respond to you soon after.

For more information about Dominican Repbulic Adoption please go to the following link: Dominican Republic Adoption Information

If you are interested in pursuing a Dominican Republic  Adoption, you may email Sarah White, Director of International Programs at sarah@illienadoptions.org