Needing A Home
Due to poverty and high birth rates, there are many children in Peru who have been abandoned or live on the streets. The numbers are staggering, as hundreds of thousands of children are in need of a permanent home. Peruvian adoption is an excellent way for families and single parents alike to add to their families and provide a child a loving home.
The Ministry for Women and Social Development (MIMDES) is Peru’s governing body of adoption and oversees all adoptions from Peru. Lifeline works solely with Peru’s Priority Adoption Program. The Priority Adoption Program is designed to find homes for children who are considered harder to place. This program includes children older than five years, adolescents, sibling groups, children with health problems, and children with special needs. Although children as young as two years and as old as sixteen years are available for adoption, Lifeline recommends that you be open to considering at least up to age 8 if you are interested in adopting a single child, and at least up to age 12 if you are interested in adopting a sibling group.
Lifeline is a 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 Peru in 2007 with a vision 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 Peru.
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 Lifeline is licensed: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Washington State and help to refer families residing outside of these states 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 Peru upon completion.
After your dossier has been approved by MIMDES your Lifeline social worker will work to match you with a child in the Priority Adoption program. MIMDES requests that a family travel to Peru to pick up their child as soon as possible once the family receives clearance to do so from U.S. Immigration. From the time a family accepts a referral to the time they travel to Peru is a period of 2-3 months. The trip to Peru to pick up your child will take approximately four weeks. While in Peru 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.
Peru 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. MIMDES requires that a social worker meet with your family once every six months for the first four years your child is home. Your social worker will submit a report to MIMDES based on these visits attesting to the welfare and development of your child in your home.
We’re Here To Serve You
We are excited about the opportunity to work with Peru 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 Peru adoption process. For more information, please call Iris George at 205.972.8407 or email us here.