A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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June 18, 2005 — One of the delightful surprises we’ve had recently was discovering that some good friends of ours here in Colorado are looking into adopting a baby from Mexico.

I asked my friends why Mexico, when you hear so much more about China and India. They explained that this program allows for getting the baby very young, which makes fuller bonding easier. They also liked the proximity of Mexico compared with the other places — and they like “the opportunity to connect with the wonderfully rich, exuberant and child-loving culture of this region of Mexico.” (It’s around Guadalajara.)

When they asked the agency for some references they could contact, one woman turned out to be an old friend of the woman in this couple. She and her husband spent over 6 months in Mexico and are now home with their infant son. Part of why it took that long was — no surprise to readers of this blog — Mexican bureaucracy. Getting our FM-3 was somewhat less complicated than getting a Mexican passport for the baby, as well as other paperwork.

I’ll report on our friends’ progress later. They don’t know exactly what the time frame will be, but maybe Kelly and I will be making a trip from Bernal to Guadalajara later this year to see our friends while they are there.

UPDATE 2009:  This is now much more diffiicult due to changes in international laws. (But it did work for this couple.)

2 Responses to “Mexican Adoptions”

  • jessica peglar says:

    Can you tell me more about the changes to the laws? we are looking to adopt from mexico and actually have a birth mother lined up privately but are trying to find out information and it seems difficult at best.

  • Rosana says:

    Hi Jessica — sorry, since my friends got their kids back in the US before the laws changed, I haven’t really followed this. Difficult at best is right, I think. My friends used a private attorney in Guadalajara and at that time he advertised in one of the Guadalajara newspapers, I think one of the Spanish-language ones. There is a weekly one in English that I read most every week and I haven’t noticed an ad there. I don’t even know his name, but think his first name is Carlos.

    He and his son are probably still working, as Ireland allows adoptions.

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