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International Adoptions

There are often good reasons to consider adopting internationally. The guidelines for adoption differ from country to country. The wait times — and sometimes the costs — of international adoption are, if not shorter, at least more predictable. And there are many, many children around the world who need a family as much as you need a child. Children awaiting adoption are most often from Latin America, Asia or Eastern Europe.

Although FFTA can help guide families through the process of adopting children from anywhere in the world, we have chosen to set up an in-house international adoption program for families interested in adopting from the Dominican Republic. Although we chose to develop a specialty in the D.R. for a number of reasons, the most important was because the need there is so great while the focus of so many potential American adopters remains elsewhere.

An overview of the Dominican Republic adoption process follows.

  • If the adoptive parents work to fulfill both the U.S. and the Dominican requirements simultaneously, an adoption can be completed approximately nine to ten months after the application is made in the Dominican Republic.
  • Infants 3 months and up, toddlers and preschoolers are typically being placed for adoption; all children are tested for HIV, TB and Hepatitis B.
  • The wait time for CONANI, the D.R.’s National Council for Children and Adolescents, to propose a child to you for adoption is approximately 6-9 months from the time your file arrives in the Dominican Republic — they ask that you remain open to adopting either a male or female.
  • Families must travel 4-6 weeks following the acceptance of a child proposal to cohabit with the child in the Dominican Republic for a minimum of 60 days. Both parents must remain. Then one parent remains in country for several more months until the adoption is finalized in the Dominican court after the mandatory cohabitation period.

If you are interested in considering an international adoption from the Dominican Republic, please discuss the opportunities with your FFTA counselor. Our local contacts in the D.R. have already identified children in need and are actively seeking good homes for them. As a first step, more specifics of the process of adopting a child from the D.R. can be accessed here.


The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting body approved by the United States Department of State to conduct Hague accreditation and approval reviews, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague accreditation or approval or renewal of Hague accreditation or approval. You may provide comment by clicking here.

The following information pertaining to FFTA intercountry adoptions is available upon request:

  • The number of its adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided;
  • The number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years; and
  • The number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via the agency.

Please note that all international placements through FFTA remain intact.

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