How to Adopt in Dominican Republic
Adoption is a very important and life changing process affecting the lives of human beings in two families; thus is needless to say is a time-consuming and expensive legal procedure that can be carry out only by wealthy individuals willing to invest time, money and patience in order to achieve it.
The following is a complete list of documents needed to start an adoption procedure in Dominican Republic and a summarization of corresponding procedure. We shall receive at the beginning of the process, all of the documents listed below in order to file corresponding application with the Central Adoption Authority in Dominican Republic (ORGANISMO RECTOR DEL SISTEMA DE PROTECCION DE NINOS, NINAS Y ADOLESCENTES DE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA).
Mandatory Documents for
in the Dominican
1.-PHOTOCOPIES OF FIRST PAGES OF PASSPORTS
2.- POWER OF ATTORNEY FORM DULY SIGNED AND LEGALIZED BEFORE NOTARY PUBLIC
3.- BIRTH CERTIFICATES OF BOTH ADOPTIVE PARENTS DULY CERTIFIED BY THE COUNTY CLERK (THE PROVINCE GOVERNMENT)
4.- MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS DULY CERTIFIED BY THE COUNTY CLERK (IN THE CASE YOU HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR LESS THAN 5 YEARS, THEN WE WOULD NEED A CERTIFICATION ISSUED BY A NOTARY PUBLIC AND MADE BEFORE 7 WITNESSES STATING YOU LIVED TOGETHER BEFORE GETTING MARRIED AND MAKING IT CLEAR THAT YOU HAVE LIVED TOGETHER FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS)
5.- REPORT OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY MADE TO ADOPTIVE PARENTS IN THE COUNTRY OF RESIDENCY
6.- SOCIAL STUDY MADE TO ADOPTIVE PARENTS BY A FAMILY INSTITUTION
7.- MORAL AND SOCIAL COMPLIANCE OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS ISSUED BY AN OFFICIAL INSTITUTION IN CHARGE OF THE ADOPTIONS IN THE COUNTRY OF RESIDENCY;
8.- CERTIFICATES OF GOOD BEHAVIOUR ISSUED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OR THE DISTRICT'S ATTORNEY OFFICE OF YOUR COUNTY OR CITY
9.- PROOFS OF FINANCIAL SOLVENCY: BANK LETTER, JOB CERTIFICATIONS; DECLARATION OF INCOME; TAX PAYMENT REPORTS, AMONG OTHERS;
10.- MEDICAL CERTIFICATES FOR BOTH ADOPTIVE PARENTS;
11.- CERTIFICATION ISSUED BY THE INSTITUTION RULING THE ADOPTIONS IN THE COUNTRY OF RESIDENCY STATING THAT THIS INSTITUTION SHALL BE FOLLOWING-UP THE SITUATION OF THE ADOPTEE UNTIL ITS NATURALIZATION.Adoptive parents must be older than (30) years, art. 117, there must be an age difference of 15 years between adopting parents and adoptive children. except special cases Law 136-03. Arts. 117 y 123.
Only aliens/foreign persons who are married at least 5 years and heterosexual could adopt. Art. 165.
The same documentation required by art. 140 of the Law 136-03 for the National Privileged Adoption, but must originate from the country of residence of the adopting parents. These documents are as follows:
Psychological Evaluation from Adopting Parents. Art. 140 literal a)
This Evaluation must be issued by government board and licensed authorities. Social and Biological Evaluation from the Adopting Parents. Art. 140 a).
Letter of Intention for Adoption to CONANI, issued by the adopting parents and handed in personally at the beginning of the process (Legalized Consent for Adoption). Art.140.
Birth Certificate certified by the Office of Vital Records. Art. 140 literal c).
Marriage Certificate. Art. 140 literal d).
Certificate of Non-Delinquency issued by the Police Authorities or other designee Art. 140 literal j).
Letter issued by a non-profit organization (such as religious, community or civic) which states moral and social integrity of the adopting parents. Art. 140 literal g).
Individual Medical Certificate of the Adopting Parents Art. 140 literal k).
Photographs of the Adopting Parents.
Identification Cards of Biological Parents. (In case the child or Adolescent has been voluntary given away for adoption. Art. 140 literal m).
Photocopy of Passport of the Adopting Parents. (Art. 140 literal m).
Adoption Agreement Act of Children over age 12 (If Adopting parents already have children of their own Art. 140 literal n).
Must submit Official Certification of the entity that is authorized by the state in charge of follow-up of the naturalization process of the child. Art. 166 literal a).
The adopting parents must reside in the Dominican Republic for at least (30) days, when children are over (12) years (60) days Art. 134 Paragraph I. when children are less than 12 years old.
Original Documents must be submitted and certified by the Dominican Consulate. Official Translations must be issued by a Court Interpreter, Certified by the Secretary of State and Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Art. 166.
Certification from the Inmigration and Naturalization and Department of the country of origin where stating the acceptance of the adopting child in that country.