Inter-Country Application – Chile Download

The Convention requires Chile to attempt to place a child with a family in Chile before determining a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. Chilean adoption law gives priority to Chilean families over non-Chilean families.

The current waiting time is about three years from the time your file is accepted by Chile. However, you should be prepared for the possibility of a longer wait.

Both members of the couple are required to travel to Chile to accept placement of their child. Children from the family are welcome and encouraged to accompany their parents.

Families should plan to stay in the country between 40 and 60 days to ensure there is enough time to complete the adoption and immigration formalities. Families may be required to remain in Chile for longer if delays in the process occur.