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Very new: looking for advice on international adoption

My husband and I are interested in adopting a sibling group from Peru. Specifically Peru because I have a personal connection there. I am very very new to the ins and outs of adoption, especially international. I would like recommendations on an agency or adoption lawyer. I have searched this site and there is almost nothing about Peru and very little on Latin America. I am at a loss. Any assistance is welcome.


try here.

very few adoptions from Peru they say 8 in 2018 but there is info on what you need to adopt. Is there a specific sibling group you have in mind or just thinking of a sibling group?

You need a home study done by an agency that follows Hague rules there is info on the page

Posted by Regina on Oct 12, 2019 at 3:33pm

Thank you. I did read that. Do you happen to have any advice on a good agency? I have been searching and I have noticed not all of them seem completely on the up and up just by looking at the website.
Thank you.

Posted by Erhans on Oct 12, 2019 at 3:59pm

no I don’t know anything about them. You can ask here for reviews of agencies. Good luck

Posted by Regina on Oct 12, 2019 at 4:19pm

My husband and I adopted our sons from Peru in 2010 and 2012.  At that time, there were very few Peruvian adoptions to the US, mostly because the perception was that Americans only wanted to adopt healthy babies, but it was still possible to do so.  Since then, there was a horrible situation in which 3 children adopted from Peru were tortured by their adoptive family in the US; in response Peru stopped all adoptions to the US.  The last I heard, they are only processing US adoptions for families in which at least one parent is Peruvian.

I’m sorry, but at this time, it seems that your best bet is to choose another country from which to adopt.

Posted by Captain Serious on Oct 13, 2019 at 9:04pm

That’s horrible and heartbreaking! I met two of the most beautiful children on the streets of Cuzco. I don’t believe they were orphans, but they followed my mom and me around for days. We were privileged to spend time with them and enjoyed their bright spirits. I would have loved to find out their situation further, but that wasn’t really possible. I love Peru, the diverse culture and the people have a special place in my heart. I lived there with a host family for a year and still keep in contact with them. They were incredibly gracious to me as a teenager away from home for the first time and in a foreign country. I would love to have children from there as part of my family and strengthen my bond with a place I love. I also think it would be a slightly easier transition for the children to have someone in their adoptive family who has experienced parts of the culture they come from and speaks their language (though not necessary). I would like to do permanently what my host family did for me for someone else.
I’m pretty set on Peru, though open to other options, but, we are also in no hurry right now. We are still a little ahead of the age limit for adoption from there and have just now started considering adoption at all.
I am sad to hear that they have suspended adoptions to the United States. I’m sure what those horrible people did is not a reflection of the conditions in the US as a whole.

Posted by Erhans on Oct 13, 2019 at 10:17pm

Peru is a party to the Hague Convention, and among other things a child cannot be adopted outside of Peru unless a judge has determined the child to be abandoned and authorities have determined that there is no option to keep the child in its own country. You can check out some details at
Do you have to adopt? If Peruvian children, such as the two you describe that you suspect were not orphans, have such a special place in your heart, perhaps there are other ways that you could help such children while they remain in their own countries. Many international agencies could guide you along those lines.
International adoption is the permanent legal severance of a child’s connection with not only their biological family but also with their nation, their culture, their extended community and the creation of an entirely new identity. It is very different from an extended stay with a loving family. It’s great that your host family was so kind to you and you love them, but staying with them did not change your nationality, your legal identity, your legal connection to your own family, or your ability to return to the place of your birth and have a rightful place there.Children adopted from another country likely will have issues that you did not have as a temporary guest.
Just something to think about.
In any case, you can get the legal details from the State Department.

Posted by NoraT on Nov 05, 2019 at 5:28am

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