Nicaragua

Adoption Program

The Nicaraguan Government has communicated with Small World today, February 8th, 2017, updating us on their progress.  They are not able to announce a date when they will begin accepting new applications.  They continue to process pipeline cases at this time, but can not predict a date for receiving new applications.  The Nicaraguan government has altered their adoption process by changing their referral process and when they begin accepting new applications they will make referrals of children for adoption only after the child is legally free for adoption.  Families will no longer be referred children and wait in Nicaragua while the termination of rights or abandonment hearings are being processed.  It is a huge improvement and the bonding period required in country should be cut in half.  Families will be required to stay in Nicaragua approximately 3 months rather than the 5 – 6 months in country in the past.  Nicaragua plans to resume accepting new applications and dossiers for their standard program when they finish their pipeline cases (those applicants received before they paused acceptance of new applicants).  Currently our Small World Families are encouraged to contact Small World and submit your list of any special needs you might be open to adopting which are now being reviewed by Nicaragua on a case by case basis for special needs adoptions.  

The adoption process in Nicaragua is a careful nurturing match and bonding process.  Under the new system you will spend time with your child in Nicaragua before making a lifetime commitment and your time in country is expected to be two to three months.

This Small World Adoption Program qualifies for financial grants by the foundations who partner with Small World.  The granting foundations are solely responsible for approving or denying prospective adoptive parents.   

Grant Application information may be obtained by emailing buisnessoffice@smallworldadoption.com

Overview

There are wonderful USA missionaries in Nicaragua that are incredibly helpful for US families while they are getting to know the child they are considering for adoption.

Small World families are represented by our representative Representative attorney in Nicaragua. She is well experienced with international adoption for Americans and bilingual. After login of your dossier with the Central Authority of adoption in Nicaragua, We will follow the progress of your file meeting frequently with the authorities who assign children.

In cases of families seeking a child with no known special needs the wait time for a referral by the Nicaraguan government is approximately 1 year.

For those families open to a child with a known special need the wait time for referral is often expedited due to SN children being already paper ready and thus qualifying as waiting children.

The Nicaraguan government seeks to protect the identity and dignity of every child. They accomplish this in part by not sharing photos or videos of waiting children.


Your Match

When a child becomes available for international adoption that meets the criteria you have requested our Small World Team will contact you with medical and social history information concerning the child or sibling group. We will send you the referral documents in their entirety in English and Spanish. We will include a Letter of Acceptance for your potential use to begin the Match Process.

For any further questions concerning our Nicaragua program please contact the Nicaragua Program Director Jim Savley at jim@smallworldadoption.com.

Requirements

Prospective adoptive parents must either be Nicaraguan citizens or have a permanent residence in Nicaragua and plan to remain in Nicaragua until the child reaches 21 years of age. In the cases of U.S. citizens with an approved I-600 or I-600A, however, this residency requirement is typically waived.


Age

Officially, prospective adoptive parents must be between 25 and 40 years of age. However, the Ministry of Family has been somewhat flexible on this requirement on a case-by-case basis.


Marital Status

Married heterosexual couples who have been married for at least 2 years and single heterosexual females only may apply to adopt from Small World’s Nicaragua program.


Faith

In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our Nicaragua program is open to Christian families only.


Post Adoption

The Nicaraguan Government Department over adoptions “Me Familia”  requires that the adoptive family via Small World complete one Post Adoption visit and Translated report with photographs and progress overviews be completed and delivered to Me Familia each year from the adoption date until the child reaches the age of 18.

For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services.

Fees

Fees for Nicaragua adoption paid to Small World:

Application  $250
Home Study $2,000
Agency Fee $6,000
Dossier Fee (Includes shipping all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process) $1,600
Acceptance of Referral $2,200
Foreign Program Fee (Per child unless indicated) $9,000
Post Adoption Reports (per report, per child)* $400

Estimated Expenses for Nicaragua adoption above fees paid to Small World:

Document procurement  $500
USCIS Application $775
FBI Fingerprints ($85 per adult living in the home) $170
Roundtrip Air from US (2 adults returning with 1 child) $3,500
Hotel/Ground Trans. (2 adults plus the adopted child) $5,500

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $32,295

 


Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World as the next step after the client’s application has been accepted by Small World. No payment with the Services Agreement is required.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of Home Study services. The Home Study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the Home Study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Home Study Review Fee All Home Studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your Home Study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a Home Study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your Home Study provider.
Agency Fee Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed Homestudy. No further work may be performed toward the adoption until the agency fee is received by Small World. The agency fee for each additional child adopted simultaneously with the first child for most programs is eligible for a 50% discount.
Post Adoption Fee *Payment for 2 reports, per child, must be submitted with the Home Study fee. The report fee balance, per child, is due prior to travel. The number and frequency of reports required varies by country. Please contact the appropriate program director for report schedules. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
PAR Processing Fee Post Adoption Reports prepared by agencies other than Small World require a processing fee of $100 per report. PAR processing fees for all reports are due prior to travel.
Dossier Prep & Registration Fee Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing.
Acceptance of Referral Payment to Small World must accompany your “Acceptance of Referral” document for each child. Submission of the intent to accept a referral does not guarantee approval by the foreign country.
Foreign Program Fee For China, the estimated foreign program fee and the estimated in-China travel is billed upon receiving I800 and is due prior to TA arrival. The estimate is updated to reflect actual costs upon receiving the final cost list from China after the requested itinerary is finalized. If the actual costs are lower than the estimate, the resulting over-payment will be credited back to the family. If the actual costs are higher than the estimate, the resulting underpayment must be remitted to Small World prior to departing for Gotcha Day.

For all other countries, half of the Foreign Program Fee is due at the time of I800 or I600 approval, and the balance is due prior to travel.

NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE INVOICED AND PAID.

Country And Culture

smallNicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches.

Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua.

To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and archipelago of islets, popular for sailing and bird-watching.


Culture

Nicaraguan culture is unique in that the celebrations that happen nearly every day in one corner or another can only be found here. Los Aguizotes, for example, is the scariest halloween festival you will see, with thousands of people dressed up as devils taking to the streets at night. The chaining of the Judases happens before Easter, when mobs of young men in costumes hunt down “Judases” in the village and drag them through the streets in chains. Or San Pedro celebration, when locals have a go at one another with dried bull penises, whipping each other senseless in the name of the saint.

This and other reasons as the great biodiversity of plants and animals, the great natural beauties like Masaya volcano one of most active craters of Central America, the biggest forest , Bosawas which is the second greater forest in Western Hemisphere, The Reserve of the Biosphere San Juan River, in the border with Costa Rica. This reserve protects the greatest wetlands of the region, as well as the greater rainy forests of the south of Central America. Isla Ometepe the biggest island of the world inside a fresh water eye, the Coco River (750 km), it is the longest river of Central America, that in one of its sections serves as border between Honduras and Nicaragua and ends at the Caribbean coast, 40% of the territory is a protect land, in addition to all these beauties, Nicaragua have unique species like the bull shark the only fresh water shark in the world, all of this attractions made of Nicaragua one of the safest and complete destinations in Central American isthmus, without telling you that it is the cheapest country in Centralamerica where the beer costs less than a dollar.


Travel

You will spend significant time with your proposed adoptee in Nicaragua before making a lifetime commitment. Usually your time in country will be three to five months.

There are wonderful USA missionaries in Nicaragua that are incredibly helpful for US families while they are getting to know the child they are considering for adoption.

More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and where possible, the number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.