Brazil is an incredibly diverse country with a vibrant cultural heritage. While Brazil has become an important economic power in the region, poverty is a key element in the challenge of family disruptions and child relinquishment and abandonment. Brazil makes every effort to find homes domestically for the children who need them. However, there are still waiting children who need loving, permanent homes.
BAAS International, while not having a direct program in Brazil, has the privilege of partnering with several different agencies that can serve as a primary provider and are recognized by the government of Brazil to conduct international adoptions. Each of these liaison agencies gives assistance to various government approved children’s homes in the region and has a long history of conducting international adoptions there.
WHO ARE THE CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES?
Many siblings and school-age children with identified needs are waiting for permanent loving homes. Many Brazilian children in need of permanent placement have been relinquished by their biological family due to abuse/neglect, poverty and substance abuse or parental incarceration. All adoptions must be approved by the central authority of Brazil (CEJA).
- Children ages 6 years and above
- Sibling groups and children with special needs
- Children become available for adoption due to birth parent(s) relinquishment
- Social and medical background information of the birth family and the child is provided at time of referral
- All children are tested for hepatitis B, HIV, and syphilis
- Married couples, married at least one year
- Single women and men accepted
- Same sex couples accepted
- One parent of the couple must be a US citizen
- Both parents must be at least 25 years old
- Both parents must travel and stay in country for 35-45 days
- Parents must comply with all mandatory post placement reporting requirements
- Wait from dossier approval by CEJA (Brazil’s central authority) to referral is 6-12 months
- One trip of 35-45 days required