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Children available for adoption from the Dominican Republic range from young toddlers to teens. They are often abandoned or found working in the streets due to the poor economic situation of their parents. Dominican children are of Hispanic descent, or are often bi-racial as there is a large Haitian minority in the country. Most children will have brown eyes, light brown or dark brown skin, and black or brown hair.

When adopting from the Dominican Republic, consider you will be adopting the following:

To adopt a child, please complete our agency application. For your convenience, you may access the application online. If you have any concerns about eligibility requirements, please contact us before filling out this application. We will promptly review your eligibility to adopt from the Dominican Republic once we receive your application. If approved, we will provide you with our agency contract that outlines our fees, services and important information regarding the Dominican Republic adoption process. Upon receipt of your signed contract, CAN will start to provide you placement services for a child from the Dominican Republic.

2. The Paper Chase


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The Dominican Republic requires 5 post-adoption reports once a year for the first 5 years after the adoption is finalized. These reports demonstrate to the Dominican government the benefits of international adoption for their children.


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Once the cohabitation/bonding period is complete, there are additional legal and facilitation procedures that must be completed, which can take up to an additional 2 months. At least one parent must stay in the Dominican Republic during the finalization process, but your child will continue to live with you during this time. After the adoption is finalized and an immigrant visa to the U.S. is issued, you may bring your child home.

Please note that based on the above, Dominican Republic requires a lengthy stay in country overall (a minimum of 3 months) that is subject to change. Families must be prepared to be flexible depending on the logistical requirements/needs of your child(ren), as well as prepared for the extensive time in country.

6. Post Adoption Requirements