Adopting from Guyana
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. To learn more please read About Guyana.
Hague Convention Information
Guyana 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 Guyana did not change.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
How to Adopt
Adoption Board, Ministry of Labor, Human Services and Social Security
The process for adopting a child from Guyana 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 Guyana
- 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 Guyana.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
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:
[http://www.nacac.org/ North American Council on Adoptable Children
NOTE:Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Guyana
99/100 Young & Duke Streets Kingston, Georgetown Tel: 592-225-7965; 592-225-7966 Fax: 592-227-0221 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: U.S. Embassy Guyana
Guyanese Adoption Authority
Embassy of Guyana
2490 Tracy Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 Tel: (202) 265-3834; (202) 265-6900 Fax: (202) 232-1297
Consulate General of Guyana
370 7th Avenue, Room 402 New York, N.Y. 10001 Tel: (212) 947-5115; (212) 947-5116 Fax: (212) 947-5163
Guyana also has honorary consulates in Los Angeles, Miami, East Chicago, and Waco(TX).
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).
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=guyana