Country Parent guidelines Children available Travel requirements Time frame
Colombia
  • Married couples and singles
  •  Maximum one divorce per person
  • Parent(s) must be 25 years old and at least 15 years older than the child to be adopted  
  • unmarried individuals are permissible
  • Good mental and physical health
  • No criminal history
  • Positive net worth and above US poverty guidelines
  • Colombian Nationals normally have a much shorter waiting period
  • since 2015, homosexual couples may also adopt children
  • Boys and girls available
  • Currently 7 yrs and up
  • Children under 7 yrs with special needs 

• Adoption trip 4weeks

 • One parent may leave after

• 8-10days of being in country.

• Wait time is approximately 12-48 months, dependent upon age of child/ children requested (much longer for healthy children under 7 yrs)
Ethiopia
  • At least 25 years old
  • Maximum age 65
  • Age difference between a parent and a child maximally 40 years
  • Married for 1 year before application
  • Single women
  • no set minimum  income requirement
  • does not accept applicants or parents who have a history of heart disease, cancer, anxiety, depression or any life threatening illness.
 
  • Available healthy children 7+ longer wait period – up to 6 years
  • Younger children (HIV, hepatitis, TB) 
Both parents must travel on the first trip. Only one parent must return for the second trip. The duration of the first trip is typically 5 - 7 days. The second trip is typically 3 - 5 days. For ages 0-5 years is 48-60 months from dossier submission to referral. The wait time is showing a trend of increasing and we expect even longer wait times for new families starting the process. Families adopting older children, particularly over age 7, would have a shorter wait time.
India
  • Married couples age 25-50
  • Couples must be under 90 years of combined age for children 3 and under
  • Singles age 30-40 for 0-3, 41-50 for 4 and older
  • Good mental and physical health
  • No criminal history
  • Adequate financial resources.
 
  • Boys and girls available
  • 12 months and up
  • Sibling groups
  • Older children 8-11 years very short wait

1 trip, 10-14 days

Both parents are required to travel

Prospective adoptive parents can foster a child with permission from the RIPA and after obtaining a “No Objection Certificate” (NOC) from CARA. The prospective parents must submit an affidavit indicating they will not leave the country without a valid court order

• Wait time is approx. 18 months

• Less for older children, siblings and special needs*

Ukraine
  • Married couples only
  • Good mental and physical health
  • No criminal history
  • parents must be at least 21 years old, and at least 15 years older
 
  • 5 years and up
  • Many sibling groups are available, as long as one child is 5 yrs the other siblings can be younger
  • Special Needs
  • a child must meet the definition of an orphanunder U.S. law

1 trip, 4-8 weeks

 OR 2 trips: 1st trip, 1-2 weeks; 2nd trip, 2-3 weeks

SDAPRC submission approximately 2-4 months after dossier received in country. Travel is immediate (approx. 10 days) after submission
Vietnam
  • adoptive parents must be at least 20 years older than the child to be adopted unless the prospective adoptive parent is a step-parent or maternal/paternal aunt or uncle of the child to be adopted
  • single persons and opposite-sex married couples
  • no minimum income required
  • good morals and are legally competent
 
  • 5 days after child birth
  • birth parent(s) will have an additional 30 days to retract their consent before the child can be determined eligible for intercountry adoption
  • children under 16, older children may only be adopted by a step-parent or aunt/uncle
  • children over 9 must give their consent to the adoption
At least 1 trip at least one adopting parent must travel to Vietnam to receive the adopted child in person at the “Giving and Receiving” ceremony before the appropriate Vietnamese authorities
Bulgaria
  • Married couples
  • Singles
  • Applicant ages are flexible
  • Good mental and physical health
  • Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than their adoptive children.
 
  • Boys and girls available
  • Older children
  • Sibling groups
  • Children under 9 years with special needs
  • If no Bulgarian family adopts a child within six months, the child is available for international adoptions
  • Biological parents may reinstate their custody even after they have officially relinquished or abandoned their child

• 2 trips,

• 1st trip, 7 days

• 2nd trip, 10-14 days

• Only one parent is required to travel on the 2nd trip

• Wait time is approximately 36 months

• Older children and  up siblings wait 12+ months

• Sibling groups, sibling groups of 3 less than 12  months

Poland
  • Age of parent must be at least 25, mother can be no more than 40 years older than the child’s age; father can be no older than 45 years older than child.
  • Singles and Married couples may adopt
  • Couples must be married a minimum of 5 yrs
  • A previous divorce is acceptable, although multiple divorces are problematic
  • same-sex couples are unable to adopt a child in Poland
  • Poland respects birth order
  • No special restrictions in income
 
  • Children ages 1-5 will typically have special needs (minor/ correctable to more severe)
  • Older Children (6 -13 years)
  • Sibling Groups (generally of 3 or more children)
  • Children older than 13 must give their consent for adoption
  • Young and healthy children are most often placed with Polish families.

First trip to meet and bond with child (generally 2-3 weeks plus court)

• Second trip is approx. 3 weeks after the first trip and lasts about a week

• Families may elect to make one trip

• Overall time to complete and adoption is expected to be 12-18 months, based on the length of time it takes for families to submit their file
China
  • Married couples (age 30-55)
  • couples who apply to adopt a special needs child must be between the ages of 30 and 55.
  • Married 2 years (5 if either has been divorced) • Single Women (age 30-50+)
  • The family must have fewer than five children under the age of 18, and the youngest is at least one year old
  • Good mental and physical health
  • • No criminal history within the past 10 years
  • No history of cancer, AIDS, mental disability, etc
  • Education requirement - high school diploma or higher
  • Total family asset $80,000+, $100,000+ Single
 
  • Boys and girls available
  • Infant boys immediately available
  • 3 months to 13 years old
  • Wide range of conditions
  •  2 children can be adopted at the same time
• at least 1 trip (2 weeks)

• Home study and CIS - 3-4 months

• Referral for girls 18-24 months after dossier

• Referral for boys 0-3 months

• Travel 4-6 m

Russia
  • no age requirements for married couples
  • For single persons, there must be a 16 year age difference between the prospective parent and the child
  • good health, no major diseases
 
  • children from approximately ages 6 months to 14 years old are available
  • healthy children, siblings and children with special needs are also available
  • children over 10 years must give their consent for adoption

1 trip – application in PAP and meeting a child (appointed by PAP, no right to choose a baby)

2 trip – for court hearing (4-6 weeks after meeting a child)

Post-placement reports

Undetermined since Russia has troubled international adoption procedure since 2012
Brazil
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Priority to adopt healthy babies belongs to Brazilian citizens
  • foreigners may adopt generally older children between the ages of 9 to 12.
  • Sibling groups of any number and of all ages.
  • Special needs children of all ages.
  • Children over the age of 12 will have to agree to their adoption
At least 2 trips From 3 months to three years