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adopting from jamaica
In accordance with the laws of Jamaica, we do not provide direct child-placing services to families adopting from Jamaica. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) of Jamaica has sole statutory responsibility governing the adoption process in Jamaica either through the Adoption License process or Adoption Order. You will work directly with the CPFSA to complete these procedures to obtain an Adoption License, in which you are granted legal guardianship of the identified child(ren) for the purpose of emigration to, and adoption in, your country, OR through the granting of a full and final Adoption Order in Jamaica.
The Universal Accreditation Act of the U.S. requires all U.S. citizens who are completing international adoption to have a Primary Adoption Service Provider. If you wish to pursue an adoption from Jamaica, Children’s Home can provide Procedural Consultation Services as your Primary Provider if you are engaging in a parent-initiated adoption of an independently identified/relative child(ren) from Jamaica.
CHILDREN IN jamaica
Children are all ages, from infant to teens. Identified children, both relatives and non-relatives, may be adopted. Or, you may choose to be matched with a child who is a Ward of the State by the CPFSA. Children who are Wards of the State and eligible for adoption are generally school-age, members of sibling groups and/or children with identified needs.
Note: If you are interested in pursuing an adoption of a child who is a Ward of the State, referral typically takes place 3-7 years from dossier submission. This timeline is at the discretion of CPFSA and is subject to change. We recommend families pursuing an adoption of a child or children who are Wards of the State to be open to children at least 7 years of age or older, of either gender and be open minimally to mild to moderate needs minimally. Families desiring to adopt siblings must be open to older and large sibling groups where the youngest child maybe 7 or older. Families pursuing this type of adoption must be prepared for an average wait of a 5 years unless open to children who are teens or children who have moderate to lifelong needs.
Like most international adoption programs, Jamaica has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. Jamaica is open to heterosexual couples, single men and single women. At this time, LGBTQ families are unlikely to be approved. All applicants must be at least 25 years of age. While there is no official maximum age for applicants, those who are 50 years of age or older are assessed on a case-by-case basis. There is typically flexibility for relative cases. There is no country marriage requirement. Families with more than four children in home will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Note that each adoption from Jamaica is evaluated individually by the CPFSA and the Jamaican courts.
Complete our free Application Part 1 so we can get to know a little more about you and your situation. If you are adopting a relative or identified child, please complete this specialized Application Part 1 – Identified Child. Once received, we will contact you for a one-on-one consultation about this process, your individual eligibility, your specific designated child/relative situation.
If it is recommended that you proceed with international adoption from Jamaica, you will complete Application Part 2 and being your required education and home study. If you live in MN, MD, VA or Western WI, Children’s Home can complete your home study. If you live elsewhere, you will need to find an agency licensed in your state to complete your home study and we will serve as the primary provider.
As stated above, if you are waiting for a referral of a child who is a Ward of the State, the anticipated wait time is 3-7 years. The majority of adoptions from Jamaica are of relative or identified children.
The CPFSA assesses the child’s suitability for adoption and forwards a report to the independent Adoption Board for review. If approval is issued, the case is sent to family court which determines whether an Adoption License or Adoption Order should be issued.
At least two trips to Jamaica are typically required: once to meet with the CPFSA and appear in court, and again to apply for the child’s visa. If you are adopting a child who is a Ward of the State and not already known to you prior to coming into state care, you are required to spend a few days to a week minimally with the child(ren) to begin to attach and bond. The CPFSA officer will confirm the length of time required for the visitation, this typically depends on the age of the child. If the child is already known to you, the CPFSA does not typically require any further visitation, but they reserve the right to do so.
Families who receive an Adoption Order complete at least one post placement report at 3 months after placement. Families who receive an Adoption License are required to complete post placement reports at 6 weeks after placement, 3 months after placement, and every 3 months thereafter until the adoption is finalized in the U.S.
Our Procedural Consultation Services include:
- Ongoing consultation regarding the adoption process in Jamaica
- Home study services in MN, MD, VA & W.WI
- Collaboration with home study providers and review of home study
- Education and training
- Guidance for compiling adoption dossier documents
- Guidance for USCIS process
- Post Placement Reporting
- Post Adoption Services