How to adopt children through DIF
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Ana Paula Dávalos, director of the local DIF (Department for Integral Family Development), and social worker Óscar Leonel Ríos told Atención that the DIF does not take children away from their families, and also talked to us about the adoption process.
The DIF workers said that some people have cast DIF in a bad light, saying that they take children away from their parents, but that is not true. They receive an order directly from the General Attorney’s Office to take care of the children, but because DIF itself do not have a shelter they have to look for a space for the boys in Casa Hogar Mexiquito and for the girls in Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco; if there is no space in San Miguel, they are connected with other casas hogares in Celaya.
The children that are sheltered in a casa hogar receive from the DIF psychological attention, medical care and food. Currently, the DIF is responsible for five children, two girls and three boys (brothers and sisters), aged between 6 and 13 years. Their parents have lost their paternal rights, but the children have not been adopted because there have not been any requests by potential adoptive parents.
The public servants made it clear that those interested in adopting children first need to get a certificado de idoneidad (certificate of suitability), issued by the state DIF. When those interested have the certificate they can start the adoption process at a local DIF, which will assign children if there are any eligible for adoption.
The requirements to obtain a certificate from the DIF are as follow: motivation letter, birth certificate, marriage license, three letters of recommendation, certificate of good health, letter issued by an employer stating salary and how long the employee has been working there, proof of address, official identification, photographs and a certificate of psychological soundness (issued by the state DIF).
For more information go to the local DIF, located at the corner of San Antonio Abad and Insurgentes. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am–4pm.