Adopting from Trinidad and Tobago
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About Trinidad and Tobago
First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. To learn more please read About Trinidad and Tobago.
Hague Convention Information
Trinidad and Tobago 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 Trinidad and Tobago did not change. To learn more please read about Trinidad and Tobago and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
To bring an adopted child to United States from Trinidad and Tobago, 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). To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Trinidad and Tobago.
Who Can Be Adopted
Trinidad and Tobago has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. You cannot adopt a child in Trinidad and Tobago unless he or she meets multiple requirements. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Trinidad and Tobago.
How to Adopt
The process for adopting a child from Trinidad and Tobago generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an Adoption Service Provider
- Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
- Be Matched with a Child
- Adopt the Child in Trinidad and Tobago
- Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
- Bring Your Child Home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Trinidad and Tobago.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Trinidad and Tobago. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Trinidad and Tobago.
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:
U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago
15 Queen's Park West (PO Box 752) Port of Spain , Trinidad Tel: 868-622-6371 through 6
Probation Office (The Adoption Board is not responsible for legal guardianship cases. To seek legal guardianship, the prospective guardians need to contact the Clerk of the Peace through the courts in Trinidad and Tobago.) 3 rd Floor ANSA House Corner of Queen and Henry Streets Port of Spain, Trinidad Telephone: (868) 623-8180
Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago
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)