CAS is in partnership with adoption officials in the Yucatán to match families with children awaiting adoption at the Caimede Orphanage in Merida. Spots are still available for pilot families! Contact us to learn more about our new partnership.
Program Coordinator: Angela Jackson
Mexico Adoption Parent Requirements: Eligible parents are 25 to 60 years old and married or single. Parents must be at least 25 years older than the child they are adopting.
Typical Mexico Adoption Timeline: In this pilot program, the timeline for a referral remains flexible. The adoption trip includes a one month foster period, and may last approximately three months. There may be flexibility for one parent at a time to return home as-needed, in between the foster period and court dates.
More Details: Mexico Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
DIF Yucatán: Carolina Adoption Services’ Adoption Partner
Adoption officials in the Mexican state of the Yucatán have signed an exclusive agreement to promote adoptions with Carolina Adoption Services. In this partnership, officials are pioneering efforts to place waiting children with American families. CAS has the opportunity to feature some children on our CAS Waiting Child Photolisting. Families may also apply to the program to receive a referral.
This program will place children from the Yucatán state-sponsored children’s home, the Caimede Orphanage. Caimede is home to about 240 children of all ages. Some of the children have special needs. Caimede features an on-site school and medical facilities. The children receive excellent care and often get to go on field trips and educational & cultural outings.
Our partnership is with the Yucatán branch of the National System for the Full Development of the Family (DIF). DIF social welfare workers make every effort to reunify families or place orphaned children with relatives. When these avenues are not in the best interest of the child, international adoption becomes a wonderful opportunity for a child to be placed with their forever family. In signing with Carolina Adoption Services, the DIF Yucatán has displayed its commitment to help more children realize the potential for a loving family.
Federal Considerations: How Mexico Oversees International Adoption
The central authority for Mexico adoptions is comprised of two federal entities: the Secretary of Exterior Relations (SRE), which issues key Hague documents, and the National System for the Full Development of the Family (DIF), which implements national policy for intercountry adoptions. These offices play an important role in intercountry adoptions. Dossiers are sent to SRE and National DIF for approval before they are given to the CAS program partners at DIF Yucatán.
Mexico Adoption Process
Once an adoptive family’s dossier has been approved at the national and state level, the family is eligible for a referral. In this pilot program, the timeline for receiving a referral may vary.
When a family accepts a referral, they must travel to the Yucatán to begin a one-month bonding period. Families will stay in the state capital of Mérida, in an apartment or hotel. Mérida is a modern city steeped in cultural heritage. There are many opportunities to experience the area’s history and culture at museums, festivals, restaurants, and open-air markets.
Following the bonding period, the adoption case proceeds through court. The time in-country may last approximately three months. Families will attend court in Mérida, then travel to Mexico City for Hague documents from the SRE and then on to the US Embassy in Juarez to receive the child’s US Visa. Families are represented in the Mexican court by our partner attorney Arturo Rodriguez, Esq. Mr. Rodriguez is dual-licensed in the United States and Mexico, and focuses his practice on US Immigration Law. A native of Mexico, he understands the cultural, social, political, and legal systems in Mexico. His website is Abogado Rodriguez.