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Child Abuse Registries in Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities

USCIS Lists Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities Having No Available Child Abuse Registries

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds customers preparing paperwork for adoptions from Hague Convention countries of the need to check available child abuse registries for potential adoptive parents and other adult household members who have lived in foreign countries. This is a reporting requirement for the home study which must be attached to the Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country.

USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, has developed a list of countries and geographic entities confirmed to have no child abuse registry information available. This list contains the most recent information currently available to USCIS, and is subject to change. If a home study preparer finds that a country on this list has established an appropriate registry, he or she must address that information in the home study.

Note: USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, is continuing to review whether other countries not on the list below have child abuse registries available.

 

                    COUNTRIES AND GEOGRAPHIC ENTITIES WITH NO CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

Afghanistan

Albania

Andorra

Angola

Antigua

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bolivia

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burma

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Colombia

Comoros

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Congo, Republic of the

Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire

Cuba

Curacao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji

Finland

France

Gabon

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea, North

Korea, South

Kosovo

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestinian Authority

Panama

Paraguay

Philippines

Poland

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Saint Maarten

Sao Tome & Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

The Gambia

Timor-Leste

Tonga

Tunisia

Turkey

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

                      

 

For more information, contact USCIS' National Benefits Center, 1-877-424-8374; or e-mail nbc.hague@dhs.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/28/2014