Lifeline has had an adoption program in Costa Rica since 2011. Lifeline is currently the only licensed U.S. adoption agency working in Costa Rica. The central adoption authority (PANI) is in favor of international adoption and has a positive working relationship with Lifeline. Costa Rica is an excellent program for families open to children 7+ years old, sibling groups, or children of all ages with more significant medical needs. Children in Costa Rica are typically of Latino, Indigenous, or Afro-Costa Rican descent.
In Costa Rica, there are approximately over 4,000,000 people, with 30% of the population being children under 18 years old. (UN; INEC Costa Rica) It is estimated that 1 in 4 children live in poverty and approximately 8% may die before the age of 5. There is a great need for families willing to adopt older children (7-16 years old) and sibling groups of 2+ children. Many children are eligible for international adoption and are waiting for forever families.
Lifeline advocates and recruits families open to older children, sibling groups, and medical needs. We have seen more than 100 children come home since our program began in 2011, ranging in ages and needs. We work hard to prepare families adopting to ensure families are equipped to meet the needs of the children and to assist in a successful transition into a family.
One of the ways you can get involved in Costa Rica is to begin praying for the needs that are present there. Check back occasionally to see an updated list
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