MLJ Adoptions just opened it’s newest adoption program! We can now assist families interested in adopting from Peru! MLJ Adoptions is now one of four agencies approved to work with families adopting from Peru, and we are eager to get to work on behalf of the country’s orphaned children.
Peru is a Spanish-speaking country in South America, with a population of 31 million. It is the third-largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It’s a common tourist destination due to the capital city of Lima and the Andes Mountains, home to Machu Picchu. But in spite of its beautiful coastlines and ancient ruins, there is a great deal of rural poverty and a lack of economic opportunities, which creates the need for international adoption.
Peru has limited eligibility requirements for adopting families. Parents must be between the ages of 25 and 52 years old. Single women and married couples are eligible to adopt from Peru. Peru does require that families travel to the country once they are matched with a child for a stay of 8-10 weeks.
We are not only excited to be able to work with additional families, but also for the opportunity to serve more vulnerable children. Adopting from Peru is a particularly good fit for families open to adopting older children. Most of the children joining families through international adoption will be over the age of seven years old, or will have diagnosed special needs. While most children speak Spanish, there is ethnic diversity within the country including countless indigenous groups.
Peru is a Hague Convention country, which means several things for families. Prospective adoptive families are matched with children by a central authority or adoption authority in the country. The central authority also provides the family with medical and social information on the child, and is responsible for overseeing the care of the child both before and during the adoption process. MLJ Adoptions, and the other adoption agencies, work alongside our in-country staff and the central authority to advocate for children in need of families.
For more information about adopting from Peru, contact us.