Adopting from Barbados
The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.
The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. To learn more, read About Barbados.
Hague Convention Information
Barbados is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Barbados did not change.
Who Can Adopt
To bring an adopted child to United States from Barbados, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more. To learn more, read about Who Can Adopt from Barbados.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to the requirements set by Barbados, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law for you to bring him or her back to the United States. Learn moreabout these U.S. requirements.
How to Adopt
Read more about Traveling Abroad in Barbados.
What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some good places to start your support group search:
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Barbados
Barbadian Adoption Authority
Child Care Board The Fred Edghill Building Cheapside, Fontabelle, Barbados Tel: 1 (246) 426-2577
Embassy of Barbados
Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)