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Jamaica International Adoption

A Jamaica international adoption is probably one of the most affordable international adoptions out there. Adoption costs include home study costs, travel costs, paperwork and a medical exam for the child and adoptive parents. There are no international fees or agency fees, saving thousands of dollars.

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It's a shame that so few families pursue a Jamaica international adoption. In the year 2008, only 39 children were brought into the United States from Jamaica, and the average from year to year is typically less than 50.

The reason for this is likely the same reason a Jamaican international adoption is so affordable - no agency involvement. You don't need an adoption agency to adopt from Jamaica, and since adoption agencies only promote the countries through which they facilitate adoptions, most people probably don't realize they even can adopt from Jamaica. flag of Jamaica

Where to Apply

Apply for a Jamaica international adoption from the Child Development Agency, also known as the CDA.

Who Can Adopt

Both singles and married couples can pursue a Jamaican international adoption. You must be 25 years of age or older to apply. If you are related to the child you wish to adopt, then you need only be 18 years or older.

You also must be relatively healthy. Prospective parents must have a medical exam and submit results to the CDA. The CDA will then determine whether parents are fit to raise a child on a case by case basis.

Children Available

The children available for adoption will range in age from 6 weeks old to under the age of eighteen (18) years.

What You Will Need

You will need the following documents to pursue a Jamaica international adoption:
  • A completed application form. (You can find one here)
  • A certified original home study plus two copies
  • A complete medical examination of the parents and the child to be adopted
  • A letter of undertaking by the agency that does the home study agreeing to supervise the placement until the adoption is complete
  • A bank statement
  • Letter(s) from the parent(s)'s employer(s), indicating annual income and the nature of employment

The Process

While having a home study done, you must apply for an I-600 A if a child has not yet been referred to you.

If you already have a child in mind, then you must apply for an I-600.

There are two types of adoptions available in Jamaica.

Prospective parents living in Jamaica will pursue an Adoption Order, while those living outside the country wishing to pursue a Jamaica international adoption will apply for an Adoption License.

An Adoption License allows a Jamaican citizen orphan to be taken to a "scheduled country" (the United States is one of these) and be adopted there.

The CDA will only issue an Adoption License if it is satisfied that the prospective adoptive parent(s) is/are suitable, that sending the child abroad would be in the child's best interests, and that consent has been given by whoever has custody of the child.

Before bringing your child back to the United States, you must apply for a Jamaican passport and birth certificate. Apply for a passport through the Jamaican Immigration Citizenship and Passport Services Division. Apply for a birth certificate through the Jamaican Registrar General's Department.

More Information about the Jamaica International Adoption

A very detailed description of how a Jamaica adoption is completed can be found at

You can also read what the U.S. Department of State has to say about the Jamaican international adoption.

Other Helpful Information

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