Who Can Adopt From Mexico?


Adopt from MexicoMLJ Adoptions is excited that we have submitted five dossiers for adoptive parents in our Mexico program including one single parent!  These families who have chosen to adopt from Mexico are one step closer to realizing their dream of growing their family through adoption.

Adopting from Mexico offers many advantages to U.S. prospective adoptive parents and there are many children residing in institutionalized care who are in desperate need of families. Children placed for adoption in Mexico are ages five through fourteen.  Adoption of an older child can be a great fit for adoptive parents who may fall into the following categories:

  • Older adoptive parents not necessarily looking to adopt a young child or infant; older adoptive parents may not feel they have the energy to parent an infant or toddler
  • Adoptive parents experiencing secondary infertility (those parents who already have a biological child but experienced infertility during second attempts at pregnancy)
  • Single Women
  • Adoptive parents who have previously adopted from Latin America, such as Guatemala and are seeking a sibling for the first adopted child who may be older now
  • Families wanting to start a second family after re-marriage and bio children are grown
  • Adoptive parents who have waited to start families due to careers and establishing financial security
  • Older adoptive parents seeking to adopt may have the luxury of taking extended time off from work to bond with their child
  •  Empty nesters who still have a heart for children in need

Who Can Adopt From Mexico?

  • Couples married for at least three years both of whom are at least 25 years old
  • Single women who are at least 25 years old may adopt from Mexico
  • Parents must be at least 18 and no more than 45 years older than the child they intend to adopt

As our definition of family is continually changing, adoptions by older parents are becoming more frequent as many decide they are not ready to settle into retirement. For those older couples or singles, Mexico is a great option.  Older adoptive parents generally bring an experienced set of parenting skills, understanding and patience already established by raising children who are already grown.  Older adoptive parents have parenting experience and have a lot to offer emotionally and financially.  Many older adoptive parents have already raised children and have embarked on a new life with re-marriage and may want to expand the new family through adoption.  These families generally do not seek the new born experience and can seek to expand their family by providing a home to an older child. However, this does not exclude younger adoptive parents from adopting from Mexico by any means.  Any family who wants to open their home to a child whose ability to be matched with a forever family decreases every year as they get older is encouraged to look at Mexico for an option.

Many seeking to adopt may have found after one or two biological children they can no longer conceive but still wish to expand their family.  Biological children may be older after years of trying to conceive and a placement of a child 5 or older would still fall into the birth order that many families seek to achieve.  Having older children as well allows for these children to become actively engaged in helping when another set of hands is advantageous.

For more information on adopting from Mexico, please contact us.


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Sonja Brown works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptions’ programs in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Samoa. Sonja is also proud to work directly with our Individualized Country Program families who are adopting from countries where no adoption service providers currently operate.