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Child Abuse Registries in Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities

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.

In addition, USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, has developed a list of countries and geographic entities confirmed to have child abuse registries, as well as a list of countries and geographic entities confirmed to have other registries that track child abuse.

 

COUNTRIES WITH NO CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

Albania

Afghanistan

Bhutan

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burma

Cameroon

Central African Republic

China

Colombia

Comoros

Cote d’Ivoire

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Federated States of Micronesia

Ghana

Guinea-Bissau

Honduras

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Israel

Italy

Japan

Laos

Lesotho

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Mexico

Montenegro

Namibia

Nepal

Nicaragua

Palau

Palestinian Authority

Pakistan

Qatar

Republic of the Marshall Is.

Serbia

Slovakia

South Africa

South Sudan

Tanzania

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uruguay

Venezuela

Vietnam

Zambia

   

 

 

COUNTRIES WITH CHILD ABUSE REGISTRIES

Argentina

Australia

Australia

Belize

Botswana

Chile

Croatia

Eritrea

Georgia

Guinea

Kyrgyzstan

Macedonia

Malta

Taiwan

Tajikistan

 

 

COUNTRIES WITH OTHER REGISTRIES THAT TRACK CHILD ABUSE

Angola

Aruba

Austria

Bahrain

Benin

Bermuda

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Burkina Faso

Canada

Comoros

Curacao

Czech Republic

Denmark

France

Gabon

Germany

Guyana

Haiti

Hungary

Iceland

Kosovo

Latvia

Lebanon

Madagascar

Malawi

Mauritania

Maldives

Norway

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia

Singapore

Saint Maarten

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Thailand

The Gambia

Trinidad & Tobago

Uganda

Zimbabwe

  

 

 

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

 
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/05/2014