Dominican Republic Adoption Program

Madison Adoption Associates received full accreditation in March 2019 to do adoption placements from Dominican Republic!

As Madison Adoption Associates is recently accredited in Dominican Republic, this is a pilot program for our agency.  Any families adopting must understand that there are unpredictable timeframes and increased uncertainties.

In Dominican Republic, children ages 2 years to 14 years are available for adoption.  Dominican Republic is a stable, albeit very small, Hague adoption program.  The children reside in public or private orphanages throughout the country.  Many children are also abandoned or found working in the streets due to poverty.

Families may apply to adopt a waiting child (an older child or child with special needs), or a sibling group.  There are many beautiful, healthy sibling groups available.  They may also submit a dossier requesting to be matched with a child meeting certain criteria.  Younger children with minor needs are available to families once they submit their dossier to Dominican Republic.

The country has a beautifully diverse culture and the children are of Hispanic, African, or mixed-race heritage as there is a large Haitian minority in the country.  Some children may be of pure African or Haitian ethnicity.  The children generally receive excellent medical care, but need a forever family to give them the individual love and attention they deserve.

Medically healthy young children are available, however preference is given to families of Dominican heritage.

When adopting your child, both prospective adoptive parents must comply simultaneously with the period of cohabitation required by Dominican Law. If adopting a child under 12 years old, cohabitation shall be for at least 60 days. If adopting a child over 12 years of age, cohabitation shall be for at least 30 days.  The travel time to complete the adoption process is two to three months, but can be up to six months in country.  One parent is able to leave after the cohabitation period.  Please note that the travel process times can be unpredictable.

Once you are home with your child(ren), CONANI requires post adoption reports to be submitted for 5 years after the child has entered the United States.  Madison Adoption Associates always requires the first post adoption visit to be within thirty (30) days of arriving home.  The following reports must be submitted at 6 months, and then 12 months after the child enters the United States.  Annual reports are then required for years 2, 3, 4, and 5, making a total of 7 reports required.

If you are interested in this program, we invite you to contact Misty Lucas ( to discuss your individual situation or inquire about current children available for adoption.

Adoption between the United States and Dominican Republic is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Dominican Republic is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Therefore, all adoptions between Dominican Republic and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

Once you have decided to adopt from Dominican Republic.…

The staff at Madison Adoption Associates will guide you through every step of the process. We will answer your questions, help you prepare and complete your paperwork, provide support and encouragement, and assist you with your travel arrangements.  It is important to begin your Home Study and the USCIS Immigration Forms as soon as possible because they generally take up to six months to complete.