Adopting from Indonesia
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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The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence shortly before Japan's surrender, but it required four years of sometimes brutal fighting, intermittent negotiations, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. To learn more please read About Indonesia.
Hague Convention Information
Indonesia is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). To learn more please read about Indonesia and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet multiple requirements in order to adopt a child from Indonesia. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Indonesia.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Indonesia has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Indonesia.
How to Adopt
Indonesia's Adoption Authority
The Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Directorate of Child Social Service Development
Additionally, Yayasan Sayap Ibu is the only agency in Jakarta licensed by the Ministry of Social Affairs to facilitate inter-country adoptions. In areas of Indonesia where Yayasan Sayap Ibu is not represented, the first point of contact should be the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The process for adopting a child from Indonesia generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an adoption service provider
- Apply to be found eligible to adopt
- Be matched with a child
- Adopt [or gain custody of] the child in Indonesia
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
- Bring your child home
To learn more about this process please read about How to Adopt from Indonesia.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Indonesia.
If PAPs return to their country of residence with their newly adopted child, they must:
- Report the development of the child to the Indonesian Embassy every year until the child is 18 years old;
- Contact the Indonesian Embassy about any future areas of residence; and
- Agree to be visited by a representative from the Indonesian Embassy to monitor and report on the child’s development until the child is 18 years old.
We strongly urge you to comply with Indonesia’s post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country’s positive experiences with U.S. citizen adoptive parents.
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some places to start your support group search:
Child Welfare Information Gateway
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Adoption Services Support Groups for Adopting Persons
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Jakarta
Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan #4-5 Jakarta - 10110 Tel: 62-21-3435-9000 Fax: 62-21-385-7189 Email: JakIV@state.gov Internet: 
U.S. Consulate Surabaya Jalan Dr. Sutomo No. 33 Surabaya Tel: 62-31-297-5300 Fax: 62-31-297-5301 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consulate Agency Bali Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188 Denpasar Tel: 62-361-233-605 Fax: 62-361-222-426 Email: BaliConsularAgency@state.gov
Please note that U.S. Embassy Jakarta is the only U.S. government office in Indonesia that processes immigrant visas.
Indonesia’s Adoption Authority The Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Directorate of Child Social Service Development Jalan Salemba Raya No. 28 Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia Tel: 62-21-310-0375
Embassy of Indonesia 2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 Tel: 202-775-5200 Fax: 202-775-5365 Internet: embassyofindonesia.org Embassy of Indonesia
Indonesia also has consulates in: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Office of Children’s Issues U.S. Department of State SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, D.C. 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: AskCI@state.gov Internet: U.S. Department of State
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) For questions about immigration procedures: National Customer Service Center (NCSC) Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) Internet: USCIS
For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition: National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=indonesia