Here are some things to keep in mind when going through the application process:

  • If a child is identified for an applicant early in the adoption process, the entire process is usually takes between 4-7 months to be completed from the time all documents are received at the Adoption Board’s Office to the time of the Court hearing.
  • The adoption birth certificates are issued by the Registrar General’s Department and these can be applied for (4) four weeks after the court hearing.
  • The form licence, issued to a licence applicant is available at the Court Office where the matter was heard two (2) weeks after the Court hearing. This document is not to be taken to the Registrar General’s Department but should be held for immigration purposes.
  • A child who goes abroad in licence keeps his/her original identity until legally adopted by the applicant who is issued with the licence in the Jamaican court. The applicant should retain the services of an adoption lawyer in his/her country of citizenship and complete the adoption in the overseas country.


The Child Development Agency, 2005
48 Duke Street, Kingston, Jamaica
Tel.: 876.948.7206 / 876.948.7067 Fax: 876.924.9401