Who Can Adopt?

  1. Why Adopt?
  2. Who Can Adopt?

Adoption between the United States and Paraguay is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Paraguay, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Paraguay also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: The government of Paraguay requires that adoptive parents must be Paraguayan citizens or legal permanent residents of Paraguay and must reside in Paraguay. There is no period of residency requirement; however, proof of residency in the form of a permanent resident card or local identification card is required.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: Adoptive parents must be between the ages of 25 and 50.
  • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: The Paraguayan government restricts adoptions to couples who have been married for at least three years, male/female couples who have lived together for more than four years, or single women. Married couples are given preference, and single men cannot adopt.
  • OTHER REQUIRMENTS: Persons with infectious contagious diseases or mental illnesses are not eligible to adopt.