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A New Zealand Intercountry Adoption Agency Accredited under the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997

Why adopt from Chile

Compassion for Orphans only intermediates intercountry adoptions with countries who have ratified or acceded to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

Additionally it is important that countries that we work with rigorously apply the principles set out in the Hague Convention.

In this regard, having now intermediated the adoption of several children from Chile, we have experienced in our working relationship with Chile, since 2006, that the Chilean Authorities intercountry adoption process is fully Hague Convention compliant. The Chile adoption programme is widely regarded as a stable programme.  We are particularly impressed with the preparation and care of the children.

Contrary to many other adoption programmes, which have long waiting lists of prospective adoptive parents and may be discouraging applications, the Chilean Authorities are currently welcoming applications to adopt. Consequently the waiting time to adopt from Chile is relatively short.

The Chilean Central Authority has a  range of support services for children in care. In particular, all children over the age of three years undergo a therapeutic process to assist the children with abandonment and institutionalisation.

This is very important as most children in need of overseas families will have a history of institutionalisation and may come from more complex social backgrounds. Many children have parents with a history of alcohol, drug abuse or psychiatric conditions. Common health difficulties include hearing or sight problems (many of which may be correctible with surgery), neurological disorders and behavioural issues.

Due to these services, the Chilean Central Authority is able to provide detailed information about a child with the allocation proposal to help prospective adoptive parents make an informed decision about their capacity to adopt a particular child. This includes any information available on the child’s life story, as well as a psychological, health, and school performance assessment.

The Chilean Central Authority believes very strongly in the need for all parties to an adoption to be properly prepared. Their officers work closely with the children in this regard.

From a cost perspective the Chilean and New Zealand Governments do not charge a fee for the adoption. To date, Compassion for Orphans has not yet had to charge adoption programme fees. The major costs are airfares, accommodation, translation fees and in-country support (the translation fees and in-country support are incurred at local prevailing rates which are significantly favourable relative to New Zealand). Consequently the cost to adopt from Chile has proven affordable and within reach of the average New Zealand family.

Full itemised details of the costs to adopt from Chile are covered during our online information evenings. Our detailed information evenings, which are held online, offer more information about the process and provide the opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss the process interactively with the presenter. Click here for details on how to view a Pre –Recorded Webinar on the process and frequently asked questions