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If you think of adopting a child in Spain there is a few steps you will have to follow. The first step is to contact the child care centre (Centro de Atencion al Niño) . At the Centro de Atencion al Niño you will talk to a social worker who will introduce you to the following steps. There is quit a lot of controls to go through. Psychologists and social workers will be involved. When you pas the control you will be given the Certificate stating that you are suitable for adopting a child. This certificate is called Certificado de Idoneidad in Spanish.
There is 2 ways to go to obtain the Certificado de Idoneidad. One is to sign up for a free interview process. This can take up to two years. (before the interviews start)
You will be required to present: official birth certificates, criminal records , plans of your home, certified copies of your identification, international marriage certificates, income and employment status verifications and photos of you and your home.
It is possible to speed up the process by paying the psychology and social workers college to do the required studies and test. Included in this will be interviews and home visits.
When you finely get the certificate you can start the process of adopting. Most of the adoptions will be international adoption because the competition for adopting a Spanish baby is very high.
The country you can adopt from is limited to the countries that have adoption agreements with Spain. How long the adoption process take depend on were your child is from. In many cases one or two visits to your child´s home country will be required.