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Please contact us at our Mexico offices located at:
Apartado Postal No. 9
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
TEL. US.: (800) 856-5709
Local Phone (415) 152-3648

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At our Phoenix or Mexico Offices
P.O. Box 42773
Phoenix, Arizona 85080
Tel: (623) 242-7442

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OUR MEXICO CITY OFFICES
Montecito no. 38 Piso 37 Oficina 37
Edificio World Trade Center
Colonia Napolis C.P. 03810
Mexico, Distrito Federal

Tel: (55)5351-0438

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ADOPTION IN MEXICO

Adoption is handled on a state by state basis in Mexico, per the rules set out in the Civil Code of each state. There is an age limit of the adoptive child (which I believe is 16 to 18, not sure on the exact age) past which the Civil Codes do not permit the adoption to take place. As well, the adopting parent must be a certain amount of years older than the child (I believe 14 years). The adoption process is a lawsuit in which the "Ministerio Publico" (similar to the Public Prosecutor) represents the interests of the child (as a guardian for the public interests)

When foreigners adopt a child in Mexico, there is also the issue of getting the child back to their foreign country and then get citizenship for the child. Regarding the U.S. immigration and naturalization authorities, I understand that the younger the child the more likely the U.S authorities will permit the immigration to the us. I believe there is an age limit, which if the child passes, the U.S. authorities will not let the child in under any special process (including adoption).