Agency helps with child adoptions from Mexico - Tucson News Now

Agency helps with child adoptions from Mexico

A Tucson organization just got Mexico's permission to provide adoption services.

The agency would help with adoptions of Mexican children from Sonora and Chihuahua.

KOLD News 13 talked to a couple waiting to adopt their niece from Mexico City.

The couple tells KOLD News 13 it took them over a year and more than $14,000 to get the ball rolling.

Now, Gracie is expected to join her new family in the next four to five months.

Kevin and Fabiola Eldredge say, Gracie's mother died in 2004.  Her father was not in her life.  They had helped raise her in Mexico City, since she was baby, and were willing to go through the long and sometimes frustrating adoption process to have her with them, in the end.

"If it wasn't for the fact that we could pinch pennies and save, we wouldn't be able to afford it. We would have to head out to take out loans," said Kevin Eldredge.

Jackie Semar, Executive Director of the International Child Foundation said the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption had very strict standards to prevent children from becoming the victims of child trafficking.

Semar said while the process was designed with safe guards in place for both the children and prospective parents, it could end up frustrating for those trying to get a child into their homes.

"I can echo the frustration that paperwork doesn't always get handled so quickly and as efficiently as we'd like," said Semar.

The Eldredge's said while the system had improved over the years, it would help to streamline the process, and improve communications between the two countries involved in the adoption.

Zemar said a typical International adoption could take more than a year, and from $15-$40,000, depending on the country involved.

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The most popular countries for International adoptions remain China and Ethiopia. 

Right now about 14 families are waiting to adopt children Mexico.  Three of them are families from Tucson.

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