Panama has a small adoption program, and very few agencies work there. In the last decade, there have been only a handful of adoptions to the United States. Panamanian citizens are given preference for adoption.
For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from Panama, visit the Panama page of the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the International Adoptive Families group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.
Panama Adoption Fast Facts
- 2013 Adoptions: 4 children (most recent statistic available)
- Hague Country: Yes
- Estimated Total Cost: $30,000 to $40,000
- Profile of Children: Most children are between 3 and 4 years old, have special needs, or are part of a sibling group.
- Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be between 18 and 45 years older than the child.
- Family Status: Both married couples and singles may adopt. Couples must be married for at least two years. Same-sex couples may not adopt.
- Travel: In the case of couples, both parents must travel to Panama for at least a week to bond with their child. At least one parent must remain in Panama to process the adoption. Total travel time is about two months.
- Timeline: Usually one to two years.