Who can Adopt in Ecuador:

Adopting from Ecuador is possible if you or your spouse meet the following criteria:

  • Ecuadorian citizens may apply to adopt by contacting the Technical Unit of Adoptions in your area, or contact the National Office of Adoptions at (02) 2572 308, Ext. 2418. Residents of Quito or the Province of Pichincha should call (02) 2902 575.
  • International / expat residents in Ecuador may be eligible to adopt via Ecuador’s national adoption program. Contact the National Office of Adoptions at the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion at (02) 2572 308, Ext. 2418.
  • If you are a citizen of: SWEDEN, ITALY or the UNITED STATES, you may make application via the appropriate agency/agencies listed.
  • If you do not live in Ecuador, and you do not live in one of the countries listed above, it is not possible for you to adopt from Ecuador at this time. The above countries are the only countries with valid contracts to process adoptions in Ecuador.


Additional Requirements:

Residency Requirements: Prospective adoptive parent (s) must travel to Ecuador and expect to stay for eight to twelve weeks to finalize the adoption. Once an adoption decree is issued, only one parent need to remain in Ecuador with the child.

Age Requirements: If married, both parents must be over 25 years of age and have been married for more than three years. There must be an age difference of at least 14 years between the younger parent and the child and no more than 45 years between either parent and the child.

Marriage Requirements: Both single and married individuals may adopt a child in Ecuador. Married couples must be heterosexual. An unmarried (single, widowed, or divorced) adoptive parent may only adopt a child of the same sex, unless the National Adoption Direction issues a favorable report for adoption of a child of the opposite sex. Priority is given to heterosexual married couples.

Other Requirements: The Childhood and Adolescence Court (Juzgado de la Niñez y Adolescencia) or a Notary Public must grant permission for the child to depart the country if only one member of the couple is present in Ecuador to travel with the child. This permission is only valid for one year. Additionally, prospective adoptive parents residing outside Ecuador may not adopt more than two children at a time, except in the case of sibling adoptions. (Information from United States State Department)