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    Default Adoption 2009

    Hi, we are looking forward to adopt a child from Dom Rep. We are researching right now the legal process, but as well we would like to get in contact with families in the adoption process - or better, with families who already successfully adopted. We are a german family with two bio childs ... and we do speak spanish.

    Feel free to contact us here or: franzluis@web.de

    Thank you, IRis & family

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    daoudruben,

    I was adopted from Santiago, Dominican Republic as a child by a wonderful American family here in New York. My biological mother in DR was the maid of a family friend in Santiago for many years. With me in poor health, she told our friend she was hoping someone would adopt me and take me to the States for better care---that's where my adoptive parents came in.

    I have spent the majority of my life living, studying, and working in New York. I have kept in contact with my adoptive family growing up (sending photos, letters, etc) My adoptive parents have also been supportive of me and I am forever grateful for them---we have an amazing relationship. With their support, I have been traveling to Santiago the past few years to spend time with my family and friends in the Dominican Republic. I love the culture and wanted to be more a part of it. I thank god everyday that I was given the opportunity to be raised in a happy, loving home where I received the care I needed at the time. I'm happy, 100% healthy, and love the relationships I have with both families now.

    I hope that when you adopt a child from the Dominican Republic, you care for him/her as your own. Speak spanish to them, (my adoptive parents did this for me), help them be proud of their background and the country they came from. Show them love and support and be open about everything (I've heard of families who keep the adoption a secret, that is terrible).


    There are many mothers in the Dominican Republic who need to give up their children for adoption for health reasons, financial problems, etc. Decide immediately whether you want an open or closed adoption and be firm on this. Work with a reputable agency, do NOT simply go down there and speak to locals. Unfortunately in the most poverty stricken areas mothers have been forced to try to sell their children for money---please do not support this. Do your research, look online for reviews of agencies, get your paperwork together as soon as possible, and be mentally prepared for a rollercoaster ride. Be thorough on your request for medical records, etc and if you're willing...try to get a little information about the family you are adopting from. In the case of a closed adoption, some kids just simply want to know where they came from and nothing more. Being able to give them this information will only make them feel more accepted by your family and understanding of who they are as an individual.

    I wish you and your family the best of luck. Adopting children is a wonderful way to give back to the world. I love hearing these stories. Your children will be lucky to have a new addition to the family!

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    Hi Trina:

    I was reading the process for children under 18 applying for Canadian Citizenship. It appears to me, you can apply for citizenship as a person who is a legal guardian to the child. If you look under the document check list or the application form it asks "who is applying for the child, parent OR Guardian. " Also a big pat on the back for having the strength to walk away.
    Take care,
    Sandy

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    Default Familial Adoptions

    I am Canadian and my wife is Dominican and we live in Canada. Is it possible to adopt a specific child that is related to her?
    Thanks in advance for any information on this topic.

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    There probably isn't any easy answer to this, and I am just starting to research the issue.

    I am a dual citizen of US and UK. My wife is Haitian. We married in the DR. We have an eight-month-old baby daughter who was born in the DR as a stateless person, but has been registered as a UK birth.

    No problems so far, but my wife also has a 4-year-old daughter whose father is Dominican, who was born in the DR and has Dominican status and has a Dominican passport.

    My wife wants me to adopt the 4-year old so that she can be done with the non-contributing Dominican father, who probably would not object. However I am concerned that the child might lose her Dominican citizenship if I adopted her, and I am not too sure that the adoption would be recognized by either of my countries--in fact I think not.

    Anyone any experience of anything like this?

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    a dominican born child gets it's dominican citizenship by birth and does not loose that citizenship when achieving a 2nd citizenship.
    our youngest girlie is dominican born, has her dominican Birthcertificate, birth been declared here in the DR, and she also received her German Citizenship, as her father(myself) is a German Citizen. since then she has both full citizenships.

    Mike

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