Costa Rica

Costa Rica


Costa RicaLifeline’s experienced team of adoption specialists welcomes you as you begin the incredible journey to adopt a precious child from Costa Rica!  Lifeline offers both traditional and special needs (see below) adoptions from Costa Rica, and would count it a privilege to partner with your family. We believe you’ll be excited to learn that Costa Rica is regarded by adoption professionals as one of the most well-run adoption programs in Latin America. Costa Rica will become the choice country for hundreds of American adoptive families for the following reasons: Newly re-opened “Hague-certified” program; high quality orphanage care; detailed medical and developmental information on available orphaned children; children who wait receive counseling services and advocacy; well established government child welfare agency oversees the “transition” process; and children reside with the adoptive parents throughout the family’s in-country stay. For many of these families, Lifeline will be their agency of choice. We presently have some wonderful agency advantages that greatly benefit our families.  Call Iris George, our Latin American Program Coordinator,  at 205-972-8407 and discover why so many families trust Lifeline.


In spite of its amazing natural beauty and ability to draw tourists from around the world, Costa Rica is a country with incredible needs. There are many thousands of children within its borders who have been abandoned or orphaned through traumatic circumstances. Presently, these precious children are in need of permanent, loving homes. Lifeline is looking to find exceptional parents for these needy children.

The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) is the Costa Rican child welfare authority and oversees all adoptions from Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Program is designed for older children (at least age 6 or 7), sibling groups (one child could be age 5 or under), and children that have one or more medical special needs (all ages). Both boys and girls are available for adoption through this program.

Who We Are

Lifeline is a Hague-accredited, state-licensed, non-profit ministry that exists to both place these children in a safe and loving home and provide services to Christian families desiring to adopt. Lifeline began its adoption ministry in Costa Rica in the 90’s and recently re-established our Program after Costa Rica and the United States became “Hague” countries. Lifeline’s vision is to help find loving, Christian homes for these precious children who otherwise might never experience the love and care from having a family of their own. Lifeline invites you to open your heart and take this incredible journey of faith to Costa Rica.

The Adoption Process

The adoption process begins with a home study report. This report consists of four interviews with a social worker as well as the completion of various accompanying documents that will be gathered during the process. Lifeline will complete the home study report for families residing in the states in which we are licensed: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Washington State of Alabama and help to refer families residing outside of the state to a home study provider in your state of residence. During the home study report process, you will apply to Citizenship and Immigration Services and begin gathering documents for your Dossier Packet.  Your Lifeline social worker will help you complete your Dossier and will send it to the Lifeline representative in Costa Rica upon completion.

After your dossier has been approved by PANI, you will then wait to be chosen by PANI as the parents for a child who becomes available for adoption.  PANI requests that a family begin communicating with their child immediately upon accepting a referral. The family will then travel to Costa Rica to pick up their child approximately 2-3 months later. The trip to Costa Rica to pick up your child will take approximately eight weeks. While in Costa Rica you will be accompanied by Lifeline’s representative and a bilingual guide. They will assist you with paperwork and accompany you to all necessary in-country appointments.

Costa Rica has specific post-adoption requirements. Once you and your child are home, your Lifeline social worker will visit your family in your home to complete a post-adoption visit and report. PANI requires that a social worker meet with your family once every six months for the first two years your child is home. Your social worker will submit a report to PANI based on these visits attesting to the welfare and development of your child in your home.

Important Documents to Review

  1. Latin America Process Chart
  2. Latin America Overview Documents

We’re Here To Serve You

We are excited about the opportunity to work with Costa Rica and help needy children find their forever families! Start the journey here by searching our website for valuable information that will help you through the Costa Rica adoption process. For more information call the Lifeline office at (205) 967-0811 or email Dave Wood, our International Director, here.

Costa Rica Special Needs

Costa RicaLifeline specializes in Costa Rica’s Special Needs Program.  Through this wonderful program, we are privileged to locate homes for children with medical and other special needs.  One of the many advantages Lifeline has is our commitment to quickly match you with a child and NOT place our families on long waiting list were you languish for months or longer. We regularly receive referrals for these children directly from the government. Many of these children’s medical needs are easily repaired in the U.S. and simply have not been addressed in the orphanage due to a lack of resources.

Please give a call to Beth Stanley, our Latin American Program Coordinator, at 205-972-8382 or email her at to ask about special needs children in Costa Rica. For special requests please call the Lifeline office at (205) 967-0811 or email Dave Wood, our International Director, here.

Questions? Call 205.967.0811 or e-mail us here.