August 17, 2023

International Spotlight: Ecuador


Nightlight Christian Adoptions is pleased to have been licensed to offer adoptions in Ecuador in October of 2021 and are currently accepting applications for families looking to adopt internationally. Most children available are going to be over the age of 6 and there are many sibling groups available. There are some younger children available, but they will have medical needs. Most children will be of Hispanic descent. We receive files of children periodically that are waiting, and these are sent to all agencies licensed to work in Ecuador. We are able to match waiting families with these children or advocate for them on

Eligibility criteria
→ You should be between the ages of 25 to 51 years old. There should be no more than 45 years age difference between the youngest parent and the child to be adopted.
→ Couples must be married for 3 years. A single adoptive parent is only allowed to adopt a child of the same sex.
→ They expect that parents will know some basic Spanish skills. If you do not you will be expected to take a language course and receive a certificate.
→ Prospective parents will be required to show that they can meet the needs of the child physically, emotionally and financially.
→ Married couples tend to take priority over single parents.

All about Ecuador
→ Named for the equator, the closest country to outer space, and a country of 4 different climates Ecuador is its oven unique and beautiful country. If you love all things nature you will love Ecuador. It was the first country in the world to recognize the rights of nature. Not only that but Ecuador is also the home to the Galapagos Islands.
→ If you are interested in adopting from Ecuador, love savory seafoods and music Ecuador may be just the country for your family. The first step is to inquire with Nightlight to determine if you are eligible. If it is determined that the program is a good fit for you, we can get you started on an application for Nightlight Christian Adoptions and you will be on your way to finding your forever family.
→ Located in Northwestern South American, Ecuador is a country of many ethnic groups. European, Mestizo, Indigenous, Spanish, and African. When adopting from Ecuador we ask families to be open to ages 6-15, both genders and special needs. Some common things that we tend to see in Ecuador children are sibling sets and various special needs. Some of the special needs include cleft lip/palate, some autism, epilepsy, some cerebral palsy, mostly learning disabilities and some poor motor coordination. Sometimes other special needs may include paralysis or weakness of one side of body, deafness, speech impediments and Down Syndrome. Many children become available for adoption due to poverty. Due to increasing stability in Ecuador many children under 5 years old are being adopted domestically in Ecuador.

Ecuador Specific Travel and Post Adoption Reports
→ When you travel to Ecuador, you must prepare to be in country for 8-10 weeks. There will be a 1-week bonding period prior to the adoption finalization. You will go through the legalization process and with the help of our attorney, you will obtain the birth certificate, ID card, and passport for the child.
→ After you arrive home, you will be required to complete post adoption reports 1 month, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after the finalization date. A social worker will come to your home to complete these.

We would love to talk with you more about adoption from Ecuador is these sounds like a program that would be right for you! Our Ecuador program coordinator is Gracie Trujillo. You can contact her by email at, by phone at (970)663-6799, or you can fill out our Online Inquiry Form and indicate your interest in Ecuador there.

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