Adopting from Jamaica
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Jamaica Adoption Alert
The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. To learn more, please read About Jamaica.
Hague Convention Information
Jamaica is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). To learn more please read about Jamaica 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 Jamaica. To learn more about these requirements please read about Who Can Adopt fromJamaica.
Who Can Be Adopted
In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Jamaica 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 Jamaica.
How to Adopt
The process for adopting a child from Jamaica generally includes the following steps:
- Apply to be found eligible to adopt;
- Be matched with a child;
- Adopt [or gain custody of] the child in Jamaica;
- Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status;
- Bring your child home.
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Jamaica.
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. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Jamaica.
The CDA may, on a case-by-case basis, require the agency that conducted the home study to submit reports to the CDA on a regular basis for up to two years after an Adoption License is issued. Post-adoption reporting is not mandated in cases that receive Adoption Orders.
We strongly urge you to comply with Jamaica’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 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:
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy Jamaica
Mailing Address: 30 Munroe Road Kingston, 6 Jamaica
Child Development Agency (CDA) 48 Duke Street Kingston, Jamaica Tel: 876-948-6678 Fax: 876-924-9401
Embassy of Jamaica
Office of Children’s Issues
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
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=jamaica