Central Adoption Authorities: National System for the Full Development of the Family (DIF) and Secretary of Exterior Relations (SRE)
- 5 years and older
- Children with a physical or mental disability
- Children who suffer from a disease that is costly to treat
- Sibling groups (Children under 5 years of age may be adopted if siblings older than 5 years are also being adopted.
Adoptive Parent Regulations
Residency Requirements: 1 to 3 week pre-adoption trial period, during which the child lives with the prospective adoptive parent(s) in Mexico. DIF suggests the adoptive parents be prepared to spend at least 3 months in Mexico, including the pre-adoption trial period, due to the large amount of paperwork involved.
Age & Marital Status: Prospective adoptive parents must be over 25 years of age and at least 17 years older than the child. If married, only one parent must meet the age requirement. Married a minimum of 3 years. Single male or female
Processing Travel & Time
“The process for legally adopting a child in the Republic of Mexico is long, involves multiple entities, and may be characterized by uncertainty and delay.“