Adoption

Intercountry Adoption

Each year thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from abroad and many families in other countries adopt U.S. children. Intercountry adoption is governed by both the laws of the country in which the child lives and the country in which the adoptive parents live. Under U.S. law, there are two distinct intercountry adoption processes: the Hague Convention process and the non-Hague Convention process. Which process you will follow will depend on whether or not the other country involved is also a party to the Hague Convention.

Contact and Adoption Information for the Dutch Caribbean Islands

Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius:

The islands of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius, as special municipalities of The Netherlands, are governed by the Hague Convention Process.  For more information about adoption on these islands, visit the Intercountry Adoption Page for the Netherlands.  For additional information about adoptions on Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius, please contact:

Voogdijraad Caribisch Nederland
Address: Kaya Internashonal Z/N
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Tel: +599 715 8333

Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten:

The islands of Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten are not yet party to the Hague Adoption Convention.  For information about adopting a child on one of these islands, please contact the appropriate office below.

Aruba
Directie Voogdijraad
Address: Avenida Milio J. Croes 112
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: +297-582-1262

Curacao
Voogdijraad Curacao
Waaigat 1
Willemstad, Curacao
Tel: +5999-461-6166

St. Maarten
Court of Guardianship
Address: Vineyard Building 33
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Tel: +1-721-542110

Additional Information

More information about intercountry adoptions can be found on the State Department website.

A child adopted by a U.S. citizen overseas who will reside in the U.S. must obtain an immigrant visa before he or she can enter the United States. For more details about this process, please visit the USCIS page on Adoptions.

Last update January 2016