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Hello everyone,

I see our kids of Puerto Rico and I see me.  I continue to pray that I fill our ranch in Florida with puros boricuas grin

My wife and I completed our study back on July 2012 and already sent it to Puerto Rico but keep calling and the answer remains the same.  They law has been passed but there is another legislative hold up with no eta when this might be over.  I joined to share with you all and look for guidance as to what options are available to adopt children from the Island.  Best regards, Hector


We live in New York and we are interested in adopting a child from Puerto Rico too!  This is my first day looking on the internet to pursue the adoption process and came across this website and your posting.  Please keep us posted:) Best of luck to you and your family!

Posted by Darlene100 on Apr 13, 2013 at 11:03pm

Please remember that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.  As a result, an adoption from Puerto Rico by an American citizen living in a U.S. state does NOT involve the international adoption process.  It is handled as if you were adopting from a U.S. state.  As an example, because you live in a U.S. state, and the child is from Puerto Rico, you will have to get ICPC to validate that you satisfied both your own state and Puerto Rico’s adoption requirements.


Posted by sak9645 on Sep 24, 2015 at 4:12pm

Hi Sharon,

Can you elaborate on this? I called a Casa Cuna a week ago and they stated that we could’t adopt from PR due to the residency requirement. We both rellocated from PR to VA shortly after graduating from college.  Except for the residency, we meet and exceed all the requirements.  Any advice?


Posted by TA on Oct 30, 2015 at 11:54pm

I’m not sure what Casa Cuna is.  According to Adopt US Kids, the agency in Puerto Rico that is responsible for placing the majority of Puerto Rican children for adoption and foster care is:

Administración de Familias y Niños of the Departamento de la Familia with their 10 regional offices in the island.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 194090, San Juan, PR 00902-4090.
Phone: 787-625-4900 Exts. 2945, 2013 or (787) 523-2323


Posted by sak9645 on Dec 01, 2015 at 4:03am

By the way, unlike most U.S. states, Puerto Rico does not permit photolisting of children available for foster care or adoption.  Once you initiate the foster or adoption process, the Administration for Families and Children will share information with you about children whom you may feel able to parent.


Posted by sak9645 on Dec 01, 2015 at 4:13am

Also, be aware that very few Puerto Rican children are available for adoption.  Most Puerto Rican children born to women who cannot care for them are placed with family members.  And children in foster care are often adopted by local foster parents.  As a result, even if your paperwork is approved for adoption, it could be a very long time until you receive a referral. 

You should also recognize that Puerto Rico will not necessarily choose a prosperous family on the mainland instead of a less prosperous one in Puerto Rico.  As long as the child can be maintained in Puerto Rico at a level considered normal there, it is unlikely that he/she will be placed with a family off of the island, and that is completely consistent with worldwide and American adoption law and ethics.

Posted by sak9645 on Dec 01, 2015 at 4:33am

I looked up Casa Cuna, and it is a temporary shelter for children under age three who have been abused, neglected, or voluntarily relinquished.  It is licensed as both a transitional home and an adoption agency.

According to the first article, above, the Puerto Rican Civil Code requires families to live on the island for six months, before they will be allowed to adopt a Puerto Rican child.  This law would make it similar to some foreign countries from which Americans adopt, in that it has a residency requirement.  It may be this law that is being considered for change, to make it more consistent with the laws of other U.S. jurisdictions.

Long residency requirements make it hard for Americans to adopt children from places that have such laws.  After all, most Americans can’t leave their jobs and family members in the U.S. for long periods of time.  In fact, many families have to give up their dreams of adopting from certain countries, when they discover that they will need to spend weeks, months, or even years in-country.  Many families who wanted to adopt from Kazakhstan, for example, which tended to provide good care to orphans, were put off by the fact that they’d probably have to spend two to three months there.

However, it is important to understand that countries, and Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, want what’s best for orphaned or relinquished children.  They want to be able to observe the prospective parents to be sure that they are good people, and not just rely on a homestudy report.  They want the prospective parents to spend enough time with the children that they are firm in their decision to adopt and won’t dissolve the placements when they get home.  And they want the prospective parents to develop a love and appreciation for the children’s birthplace, which will carry over into the lessons they teach their children.  With Puerto Rico in particular, the local government knows that there is prejudice against Puerto Ricans in some parts of the mainland U.S., and wants adoptive parents to feel such a strong love for the island that their children will develop a strong, positive self image as people of Puerto Rican heritage.

I do hope that the residency period will be shortened, but it may not be, given these facts and the fact that there are so few kids available for adoption.  Although I am White and of Eastern European Jewish heritage, and my daughter is Chinese, we have Puerto Rican cousins and are very proud of them.  One of my Puerto Rican cousins, for example, works for the U.S. State Department, and has been posted all over the world.  He has also served in the U.S. military.  It would be nice if someone in my extended family—it can’t be me, as I am age 70—could adopt a Puerto Rican child who needs a home.


Posted by sak9645 on Dec 01, 2015 at 1:36pm

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