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

An overview of the Chile adoption process including the matching process and wait times


Click here to view a detailed information pack


  1. Applicants are approved as suitable to adopt by Child Youth and Family or the accredited assessment agency "Adoption First Steps" after attending courses, preparing a detailed Personal Profile and a Home Study Report is prepared. Final approval is granted by the New Zealand Central Authority.
  2. Applicants can approach ‘Compassion for Orphans’ to facilitate the adoption.
  3. Attend ‘Compassion for Orphans’ Education and Preparation Day followed by the compilation of a Dossier of Documents.
  4. Child Youth and Family sends documents to Chile followed by Chilean Central Authority (Sename) approval of applicants.
  5. Sename matches a child with the applicants.

    Sename uses a register system and an evaluation team to accomplish the task of matching. This system involves a centralised list of all adoptable children and all prospective adoptive families. The regional office where the child resides will be involved in the matching as they best know the child.

    It cannot be emphasised too strongly that the matching decision is perhaps one of the most important decisions made within the adoption process, and that it will be performed most effectively by competent persons with appropriate expertise and experience. It is one of the important measures to support the principle of ‘best interests of the child’.

    More details of the matching process are covered in a Pre –Recorded Webinar on the process and frequently asked questions .

  6. Sename sends a Child Study Assessment Report and other reports to Child Youth and Family for its approval. The reports are translated at the cost of the applicants.
  7. Child Youth and Family sends details to Compassion for Orphans to forward to the applicants to enable them to decide whether to accept the child.
  8. Applicants advise of their decision.
  9. Child Youth and Family advise Sename of the decision.
  10. If applicants accept the child, they can make arrangements to travel to Chile and liaise with ‘Compassion for Orphans’ overseas representatives regarding accommodation preferences, chaperoning to meetings and translation services (travel to Chile is usually around one month of acceptance of the matching proposal).
  11. Applicants can start exchanging information with the child (e.g. photos, information about each other).
  12. Applicants travel first to Santiago, Chile and are met by ‘Compassion for Orphans’ overseas representatives.
  13. Applicants meet with Sename straight away. Sename will provide background information and details of the process.
  14. Applicants travel to the region that the child is from to meet the child.
  15. Applicants will then be required to go to a tribunal/court within 1 week.
  16. The adoption approval.
  17. Adoptive parents and the child return to Santiago to obtain a passport for the child.
  18. Application is made to Immigration New Zealand in Washington DC for a temporary visa for the child to enter New Zealand.
  19. Return to New Zealand.
  20. Make application for New Zealand citizenship by descent.
  21. Apply for full New Zealand citizenship.
  22. Provision of Post Placement Reports.
  23. Post Adoption Support.

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. More details of the matching process are covered in a Pre –Recorded Webinar on the process and frequently asked questions .