Who Can Adopt from El Salvador

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In addition to the U.S. requirements, El Salvador obliges prospective adoptive parents to meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from El Salvador:


Under Article 176 of the Salvadoran Family Code, adoptive parents who reside in El Salvador and who wish to adopt a child not related to them must reside with the child in El Salvador for at least one year prior to the finalization of the adoption. To satisfy this requirement, the adoptive parent(s) must be appointed the foster parent(s) or guardian(s) of the child, subject to approval by the Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Children and Adolescents (ISNA), and prior to the start of the one-year co-residency period. Prospective adoptive parents who claim a residence other than El Salvador are exempt from the one-year cohabitation requirement.

Age of Adopting Parents

Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than the child.


Single individuals may adopt in El Salvador if they are at least 25 years old and at least 15 years older than the child to be adopted. Married couples must both be over the age of 25, unless the marriage is at least five years old, in which case the requirement applies only to one spouse. The Salvadoran family code provides that only legally married couples may adopt as a couple in El Salvador; same-sex marriages are not recognized under Salvadoran law.


Prospective adoptive parents must demonstrate that they are financially, morally, mentally, and physically able to provide for the adopted child.



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