This section provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process. The process varies greatly, as it is governed by the laws of the countries where the adoptive parents and the child reside (which in the case of the United States means both federal and state law), and also in which of these locations the legal adoption is finalized. Additionally, if the child’s home country is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, the Hague processes of both countries must be followed. Prospective adoptive parents should consider all of these factors when evaluating what to expect.
Adopting a child from Mexico
A consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate must determine that the adoptive child qualifies for a visa before you adopt or obtain legal custody of the child. Do not adopt or obtain custody of the child until the consular officer issues an Article 5 Letter.
Mexico and the United States are parties to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all adoptions between Mexico and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law and regulations implementing the Convention.
Mexico has a complex system for adoptions, involving the Mexican Central Authority (MCA) and the Secretary of the Exterior Relations
Department of State Children's Issues Office
As part of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Office of Children’s Issues actively engages in two issues that cross international borders: intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction. In this work, we are fully committed to protecting the welfare and interests of children. We serve as the U.S. Central Authority for two multilateral treaties:
- The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption; and
- The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en.html
Mexican Government information
Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores
DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN A MEXICANOS EN EL EXTERIOR
DIRECCIÓN DE DERECHO DE FAMILIA
Plaza Juárez # 20 Piso 17
México D.F. C.P. 06010
Telefono 3686 5100
Sistema nacional Para el Desarrollo integral de la Familia DIF
Prolongación Xochicalco 947
Col. Santa Cruz Atoyac
Del. Benito Juárez
México D.F. C.P. 03310
Telefono 3003 2200
Medical examination information
The date of your visa interview appointment is indicated in the letter that you received from the National Visa Center. However, you should be aware that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to complete your medical examination BEFORE THAT DATE. We suggest that you make arrangements for your medical examination at least FIVE (5) days before your interview appointment date.
Note: Applicants ages two (2) to fourteen (14) must undergo the medical examination at least five (5) workdays before their scheduled interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Failure to do so may result in processing delays or rescheduling of the initial appointment. Children within this age range should be immunized at least four (4) weeks before their medical examination.
The only medical office authorized to perform medical examinations on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is:
Médicos Especializados Internacionales
Eugenio Sué No. 355,
Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
11550 México, D.F.
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
(Call to schedule an appointment 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Required Documents for Medical Visit
- Visa Appointment Letter
- Required fee of $2865.20 Mexican pesos covering the medical examination ($2262.50 for minors under age 15) paid via cash or credit card only (Visa or MasterCard)
- If you suffer from a chronic illness, have been treated for any venereal disease, or are under psychiatric care, please bring your medical file or have one forwarded to the doctor before your medical examination.
- If you take prescription medication, please have the prescription from your doctor with you on the day of the medical appointment.
- Applicants do not need to bring photos to the medical exam; they will be provided by the medical clinic.
- Any required DNA testing must be covered by the applicant.
- The vaccination fee is separate from the cost of your required medical examinations.
- Because of space limitations, family members will not be permitted to accompany applicants into the clinic or the medical building; the only exception to this policy is the parents of adoptees. Please present your appointment letter to the receptionist at the entrance. You must have your complete set of documents with you.