Eligibility of Applicants

  • Adoptive parents may be single or married, childless or already parenting other children
  • Applicants may be as young as 18 years of age if they are adopting a relative.
  • There is no restriction regarding age difference between adoptive applicant and the child
  • Relatives are defined in Jamaica as niece/nephew, sister/brother, stepson/daughter, “etc”
  • If applicant is a single male, Court does not normally allow him to adopt a female child unless there are special circumstances to justify the adoption (the Court makes the decision)

Children in the Program: Children in this program are mainly relatives of the adoptive applicants and are any age up to 18 years old.

Wait Time to Adopt: From the time the agency receives your homestudy and provincial approval, it takes about 1-2 years to complete a non-relative adoption in Jamaica. Relative adoptions take around 6 months from the time the agency receives your homestudy and provincial approval.

Travel: Families adopting non-relatives are required to make three trips to Jamaica. Families adopting relatives are required to make one trip to Jamaica.

Costs: Program costs do not include travel and accommodation overseas. Please see Program Summary Chart and contact our office to receive the Schedule of Services of Fees.