Adopting from Guyana

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The official flag.



Thatched roof houses.

Kaieteur Falls.

The official coat of arms.

Boat loaded with sugar cane.

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 Guyana

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.

Under Guyanese law only Guyanese nationals, former Guyanese nationals or non-Guyanese domiciled in Guyana may adopt Guyanese children.

Prospective adoptive parents should note that their presence is required at most stages during the adoption process.

Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to United States from Guyana, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. government. To learn more please read Who Can Adopt from Guyana.

Who Can Be Adopted

Guyana has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read Who Can Be Adopted from Guyana.

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

Guyana's Adoption Authority

Adoption Board, Ministry of Labor, Human Services and Social Security

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Guyana 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 in Guyana
  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 Guyana.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Guyana. To learn more please read Traveling Abroad in Guyana.

After Adoption

What does Guyana require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

There are no post-adoption requirements for Guyana.

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

NOTE:Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Guyana

99/100 Young & Duke Streets Kingston, Georgetown Tel: 592-225-7965; 592-225-7966 Fax: 592-227-0221 Email: Internet: U.S. Embassy Guyana

Guyanese Adoption Authority

Adoption Board, Ministry of Labor, Human Services and Social Security 1 Water and Cornhill Streets Georgetown, Guyana Tel: 592-225-7450 Fax: 592-227-1308

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. 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