Brazil has the following eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

International adoption will only be considered after all possibilities of finding a national adoption match are exhausted.

Brazilian citizens living abroad will have priority to adopt over foreign citizens from other countries.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Brazilian law requires foreign prospective adoptive parents to live in Brazil with the prospective adoptive child for 30 days prior to the adoption.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Persons over the age of 18 may adopt, regardless of marital status. The adopting party must be at least 16 years older than the potential adoptee.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: Adults over the age of 18 may adopt, regardless of marital status.

Joint adoption is granted if parents are legally married or have a stable union contract.

Divorced or legally separated couples may adopt together if they agree on the guardianship, schedule of visits, and have proof of relationship with the child.