Child Abuse Registries in Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities

Countries and Geographic Entities With No Available Child Abuse Registries

If you are preparing paperwork for an intercountry adoption, you must check available child abuse registries for every country and geographic entity where prospective adoptive parents and other adult members of the household have lived since their 18th birthday. This is a reporting requirement for the home study submitted to USCIS with your Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, the Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition or Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative.

However, some countries and geographic entities do not have child abuse registry information publicly available. The chart below lists the countries that currently do not have a child abuse registry.

USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, regularly updates this chart with countries and geographic entities where no child abuse registry is available. If you are a home study preparer and you find that a country or geographic entity on this list has established an appropriate registry, you must address that information in the home study.  

COUNTRIES AND GEOGRAPHIC ENTITIES WITH NO CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAntiguaArgentinaArmeniaAruba
AustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarus
BelgiumBeninBoliviaBosnia & HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBruneiBulgaria
Burkina FasoBurmaBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCanadaCentral African Republic
ChadChinaColombiaCongo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of ComorosCosta RicaCote d'Ivoire
CubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominican RepublicEcuador
EgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFederated States of MicronesiaFiji
FinlandFranceGabonGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGreeceGrenada
GuatemalaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHong KongHondurasHungaryIceland
IndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsraelItalyJamaica
JapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, NorthKorea, SouthKosovo
KuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibya
LithuaniaLuxembourgMacauMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaliMarshall Islands
MauritaniaMauritiusMexicoMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroNorway
MoroccoNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNicaraguaNigerNigeria
OmanPakistanPalauPalestinian AuthorityPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeru
PhilippinesPolandQatarRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint LuciaSaint Maarten
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome & PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychelles
Sierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Sudan
SpainSudanSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwan
TajikistanTanzaniaThailandThe GambiaTimor-LesteTogoTongoTrinidad and Tobago
TunisiaTurkeyTiuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguay
UzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamYemenZambia  

For more information, contact USCIS National Benefits Center, 1-877-424-8374, TTY (800) 877-8339 or e-mail nbc.adoptions@dhs.gov.

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