Who Can Adopt from Argentina

The Cave of Hands in Santa Cruz.

To bring an adopted child to United States from Argentina, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more about USCIS.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Argentina also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:


Applicants must be Argentine nationals or permanent resident aliens of Argentina for at least the five years immediately preceding the application for guardianship (first step in the adoption process).

Age of Adopting Parents

If single, the prospective adoptive parent must be at least 30 years of age. There is no minimum age requirement for married prospective adoptive parents. At least one member of the couple must be at least 18 years older than the adoptee.


Married couples must be married at least three years and have no offspring. If the couple can prove they are physically unable to have a child, the court will consider marriages under 3 years. Married couples must adopt jointly except when there is a legal separation decree, the spouse is declared mentally incompetent by a court, or there is a judicial declaration of absence of spouse (presumption of death).


Prospective adoptive parents must prove financial ability.



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