Adopting from Papua New Guinea

The official flag.





Main entrance of the parliament building in Port Moresby.


The highlands.

Mount Tavurvur, a part of the Rabaul caldera volcano.

Huli Wigman from the Southern Highlands.

Washing day.

Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

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About Papua New Guinea

The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

Hague Convention Information

Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea did not change.

Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to United States from Papua New Guinea, 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 please read about Who Can Adopt from Papau New Guinea.

Who Can Be Adopted

You cannot adopt a child in Papua New Guinea unless he or she meets these requirements of Papua New Guinea. In addition to these requirements, 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 more about these U.S. requirements.

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

Papua New Guinea's Adoption Authority

The central authority responsible for adoptions in Papua New Guinea is the Office of Child Welfare in the Department for Community Development.

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Papua New Guinea generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Papua New Guinea
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home

To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Papau New Guinea.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Papua New Guinea. 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 Papau New Guinea.

After Adoption

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:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Adoption Services Support Group for Adopting Persons

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea

U.S. Embassy - Port Moresby P.O. Box 1492 Port Moresby, N.C.D. 121 Papua New Guinea Tel: +(675) 321-1455 Fax: +(675) 320-0637 E-mail: Internet: U.S. Embassy Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's Adoption Authority

Office of Child Welfare, Department for Community Development Sanbra Haus P.O. Box 7354 Boroko, NCD Papua New Guinea Tel: 675-325-9893

Embassy of Papua New Guinea

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 805 Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (202) 745-3680 Fax: (202) 745-3679 E-mail: Internet: Embassy Papua New Guinea

Office of Children's Issues

U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 E-mail: Internet: U.S. Department of State

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