Portugal is located in the Southwestern Europe, it is bordering with the North Atlantic Ocean and the west of Spain. The official languages are Portuguese and Mirandese (which is mainly used locally). Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and economic and cultural center. Due to its rich history, scenic landscapes, and numerous museums and restaurants, Portugal is a popular destination for many tourists. Portugal has a maritime temperate climate, which is cool and rainy in north, and warmer and drier in south. There is a domestic adoption program available to Portuguese citizens. Portuguese citizens generally receive preference in child placement before foreign adopters.
Portugal is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all intercountry adoptions between Portugal and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. Portuguese adoptions are conducted through a collaborative effort of a Hague accredited adoption agency in the U.S. and by the Portuguese Central Adoption Authority (CAFIA, SSI).
View children available for adoption. Single children above age 7, sibling groups, and children of all ages with various special needs are available. Younger children are available for adoption by Portuguese citizens, including those residing in the U.S.
Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You coordinate travel dates with Nightlight and will travel to Portugal for socialization period with the child (4-6 weeks). Both parents are required to travel to Portugal. During your trip, you will visit the child every day to get to know your child and begin bonding with him or her. After the first week and when appropriate, the child is transferred into your care and remains with you throughout the balance of the stay. During these daily bonding visits and stay with the family, a social worker will observe your interactions with the child and prepare a recommendation for the court. After the court hearing you will receive the Guardianship Court Decision. Once you receive it, our Portuguese representative will schedule appointment for your child’s medical exam and visa. After you take your child to get evaluated at the medical clinic approved by the Embassy, and visit the US Embassy in Lisbon to obtain your child’s visa, you can travel home with the child.
Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your home study provider. Your home study provider will prepare post-placement reports and submit them to Nightlight at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months after you arrive home. If you have not finalized your adoption in the 12 months after arriving home, you must continue a post placement visit with your social worker to be submitted to Portugal every 3 months until finalization. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight is committed to showing the Portugal Central Adoption Authority that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post placement reports is also required by The Hague Convention. Every state has different requirements for finalization. Some states may require ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) before finalization.
To learn more about our Portugal Adoption Program, you may contact us, call our office at (502) 423-5780, or email inquiries to Viktoriia at firstname.lastname@example.org.