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What is LAPA?
Is LAPA an agency?
We don't live in the New York area. Can we join LAPA anyway and benefit?
Do I have to join LAPA to participate in online discussions?
Can you help me decide which country in Latin America to adopt from?
How can LAPA help me find my birth mother?
I am a single parent. Can I still adopt?

 

What is LAPA?

LAPA (Latin America Parents Association) is a parents support group that assists people in adopting from Latin American countries and provides guidance with post-adoption issues. Our goal is to help people through the adoption process and afterward.

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Is LAPA an agency?

We are not an agency. We are a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers who are in the process of or have already adopted from Latin America.

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We don't live in the New York area. Can we join LAPA anyway and benefit?

If you are not geographically close to New York City, you would probably miss out on some of the social events, but you would still get invaluable information about viable adoption sources in Latin America and the help of our membership -- people who have already done it.

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Do I have to join LAPA to participate in online discussions?

Yes. LAPA membership includes a subscription to LAPA-Net, a moderated forum which allows our members to post questions and provide information for LAPA members.

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Can you help me decide which country in Latin America to adopt from?

The country you adopt from in Latin America, who you use, and how you go about it depends on a lot of factors: your ages, length of marriage/single, age of desired child, etc. Many countries in Latin America have closed their adoption programs. When information about adoption conditions in Latin America becomes available, LAPA strives to communicate this information to LAPA members via LAPA-Net and Que Tal.

LAPA members frequently respond to posts on LAPA-Net.

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How can LAPA help me find my birth mother?

Your adoptive parents should have been given all the information the source had on your birth mother, so you should check with them first. Adoptees wishing to search can also contact their source of adoption. LAPA may have available the most current address for that source. However, keep in mind that the source most likely will not be able to provide more info.

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I am a single parent. Can I still adopt?

Some sources have placed children with single women. For example, Guatemala will place infants and Brazil will place older children with single women.

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