Guyana is a country often overlooked in South America, but its natural beauty and the fact that it is the only English-speaking country on the continent makes it a special place for those who like to be off the beaten path. Bordering Venezuela, Brazil, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean, Guyana’s landscape is a gorgeous mix of rainforest, mountainous waterfalls, savannahs and beaches. Guyana was first colonized by the Dutch, but later became a British colony, achieving independence in 1966 from Great Britain.
Children in Guyana are vulnerable to violence and child abuse, sexual exploitation, trafficking and general neglect. There are over 800 children in Guyanese orphanages waiting for adoption, and as the first U.S. adoption agency to be working with the Adoption Authority in Guyana, we hope to place many of these children with their forever families.
Guyana is not party to the Hague Treaty on International adoptions. Children of All Nations works hand-in-hand with the government, and works with an experienced lawyer to handle all adoption cases successfully in court. Our in-country staff will take great care of you while you travel to Guyana for your adoption. If you would like more information about our program, our specialized adoption consultants are standing by to help! To have your questions answered, call us today at (512)323-9595 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children available for adoption from Guyana range from toddlers to older children. Guyanese children are usually of African, East Indian, Amerindian or Asian descent. Many children are of mixed ethnicity, as there is quite a melting pot of different ethnicities in Guyana. Most children will have brown eyes, light brown or dark brown skin, and black or brown hair. Children are available for adoption due to neglect or abuse, abandonment, or death of one or both parents in most cases.
When adopting from Guyana, consider you will be adopting the following:
Adoption laws in Guyana also allows US families to adopt relatives living in the Guyana. Adoptive parents must be able to provide proof of the relationship in their dossier. Generally, when considering a relative adoption, the following must apply for a child to be eligible:
Families considering adopting a child will have access to the child’s background and medical information before travel. In most cases, additional information is available upon request.
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Guyana has the following requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Guyana, or you are unsure we may be able to work with you. Please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation.
Guyana’s adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per the country’s adoption laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.
The timeframe to complete international adoption from Guyana is currently estimated at about 22 to 33 months, depending on the time families take to complete their dossier paperwork, their preferences for age and special needs, and country processes. This is a pilot program, so all timelines are estimated at this point. The wait for a referral is generally 12-18 months. Children ages 6 or older may be referred as soon as 6 to 8 months! This timeframe is subject to change; please consult CAN for the most current processing times for your adoption from Guyana.
1. Application and Approval
2. The Paper Chase
To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their international adoption journey, our agency requires that parents complete 10 hours of adoption training as mandated by the Hague Convention. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan. For an overview of the program, please click here. Please contact your Adoption Consultant at CAN for more information about international adoption from Guyana.
3. Identifying a Child(ren)
4. Picking up Your Child(ren)
5. Post Adoption Requirements
CAN also provides Online Hague Parent Education Courses to help adoptive parents meet the minimum credit hours required by the Hague Convention. These services, along with the other amenities available to CAN families, are designed to make your international adoption process as effortless and enjoyable as possible.
The international adoption process requires proper document preparation, filing and approval with the USCIS. Adoptive families are responsible for paying the set fees associated with each step. International adoption also involves traveling to the foreign country from which you are adopting. Travel costs include airfare, accommodations, meals and ground transportation, in addition to the requirements for your child(ren)’s entry into the US (visa and its required medical exam, as well as airfare). All fees are set by and are paid to third parties and may vary from case to case.
For more details on the adoption process and estimated costs, you may request our CAN Outreach Guide.
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