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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.  

 

Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean

Antigua Argentina Aruba Bahamas Barbados Bolivia
Brazil Canada Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Curacao
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Grenada Guatemala
Guyana Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico Nicaragua
Panama Paraguay Peru Saint Lucia Saint Maarten Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Suriname Trinidad & Tobago Uruguay Venezuela    

 

Asia/Pacific

Afghanistan Australia Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Brunei
Burma Cambodia China Federated States of Micronesia Fiji Georgia
Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Iraq Japan
Kazakhstan Kiribati Korea, North Korea, South Kyrgyzstan Laos
Macau Malaysia Marshall Islands Mongolia Nauru Nepal
Pakistan Palau Papua New Guinea Philippines Samoa Singapore
Solomon Islands Sri Lanka Taiwan Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste
Tongo Turkey Tuvalu Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vietnam

 

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Albania Algeria Andorra Armenia Austria Belarus
Belgium Benin Bosnia & Herzegovina Botswana Bulgaria Burkina Faso
Burundi Cape Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Republic of Comoros Cote d'Ivoire Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia
Finland France Gabon Germany Ghana Greece
Guinea Guinea-Bissau Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel
Italy Jordan Kenya Kosovo Kuwait Latvia
Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg
Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Moldova
Montenegro Norway Morocco Namibia Netherlands Niger
Nigeria Oman Palestinian Authority Poland Qatar Romania
Russia Rwanda San Marino Sao Tome & Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal
Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Slovakia Slovenia Somalia
South Africa South Sudan Spain Sudan Swaziland Sweden
Swtizerland Syria Tanzania The Gambia Togo Tunisia
Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Yemen Zambia

 

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

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