Bem vindos and welcome to Brazil! Across The World Adoptions (ATWA) is honored to announce that in May 2015, we were one of the first four agencies to be approved by Brazil.children_brazil (1)

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the 5th largest in the world. Its capital is Brasilia and the official language is Portuguese. Brazil is richly diverse in culture, habitat and resources. Brazil is known for its Carnival and samba dance. Brazil also hosted the World Cup in 2014.

Brazil is a Hague adoption country. Applicants will need to file an I-800A form with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) to begin the adoption process from Brazil. Brazilian adoptions are overseen by Authority Central Administrative Federal (ACAF). Each state in Brazil also has a State Judicial Commission of Adoption (CEJA). These governmental bodies are the entities authorized to identify and refer children for adoption. Adoptions are processed by the court in Brazil and there will be no foreign supervised providers.

Please review the website of the U.S. Department of State on adoption from Brazil, including the latest notices and alerts:

The Children:

  • Children from six years to 15 years; although most will be age 8 and older. Siblings and children with brazil-rfid-t-shirtspecial needs of all ages. Sibling groups most often include a child age eight and over.
  • As the program begins, families may specify a gender preference. As the program proceeds, we may need to re-evaluate this possibility.
  • Younger, healthier children are adopted within Brazil.
  • Basic information on the children is available before travel, including a photo. Children may have a history of abuse.
  • We may receive information on waiting children in the future.

Eligible Applicants:

  • The program is currently open to married couples, single women, single men, gay applicants and same-sex couples.
  • Parents must be at least 25 years old and at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted.
  • No serious or recent criminal record issues.
  • Must enjoy reasonably good physical and mental health.
  • At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen and that parent must be the petitioner on the I-800A application.
  • Families with other children are welcome. Large families will be considered if financially secure.

Adoption Process:

  • Undertake a home study by an agency licensed in your state of residence. ATWA is not able to accept home studies by independent social workers, even if permitted in your state. ATWA collaborates with other agencies for home studies as exempt providers. There will be no U.S. supervised providers since adoptions are finalized in Brazil.
  • Complete Hague adoption education during the home study process.
  • Apply for I-800A approval from CIS.
  • Prepare a dossier of documents required by Brazil under ATWA’s guidance.
  • After a completed dossier is received, it will take about two months for translation, review and approval. It will then take 6-12 months for a child referral.
  • Review child proposal and accept referral.
  • Both parents, if there are two parents, must travel for the entire time in Brazil, which is estimated to be 35-50 days. During this time, you will complete a bonding and integration period with the child while court proceeds simultaneously. The adoption resolution is expected to be signed on the 30th day (if a business day).
  • Parents will then travel to Rio de Janeiro for a medical exam and visa issuance. Rio is the only U.S. consulate in Brazil issuing adoption visas.
  • Home with your forever family! The child is an automatic U.S. citizen upon entry.
  • Complete four post adoption visits and reports with your agency social worker at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months following court.
  • Re-adoption in the U.S. is strongly recommended

Fees and Expenses:

ATWA’s program fees encompass all professional services for the adoption. Additional expenses paid to third parties may include the home study, CIS fees, document preparation, travel, child care, U.S. visa fees and post adoption. A fully refundable post adoption deposit is also required. Fees and expenses are paid in increments. A federal tax credit up to $13,400 for 2015 is available to offset adoption fees and expenses after finalization.

For more information:
Please contact Across The World Adoptions by phone: (925) 356-6260 or by email: You may also request more information by filling out this form.

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