If you are interested in initiating the process to adopt internationally in Spain, it is important to distinguish between the different proceedings required in both Spain as well as the country of origin of the adopted child because, in dealing with international adoption, the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation has been ratified.
These procedures are initiated by the person or persons interested in internationally adopting a foreign minor by means of submitting an application to the public Spanish administration that specializes in adoption requests in the corresponding autonomous community.
After submitting the application the administrative procedure is initiated in Spain and afterwards in the adopted child´s country of origin and will be contingent upon the definitive judicial or administrative resolution.
In any event, during the procedure you must be aware of the legal requirements, proceedings and competent authorities in both the Spanish legislation and the legislation of the adopted child´s country of origin.
Following the adoption, it will be necessary to carry out further procedures in the Spanish Consulate in the adopted child´s country of origin, such as registering the child at the Consular Civil Registry.
Translated by: Katherine Pascal