Dominica

Dominica, also known as the Commonwealth of Dominica (to be distinguished from its Caribbean sister, the Dominican Republic), is an English-speaking island in the Eastern Caribbean that is located  midway along the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands, just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. The Welfare Division of the Ministry of Community Development and Gender Affairs is the adoption authority in Dominica.

Dominica enables both private adoptions as well as the adoption of children who are wards of the state.  Most of the children referred to Creative Adoptions, Inc. for placement are wards of the state who are residing in the first children’s home in Dominica’s history called “Chances” which was opened in the Spring of 2011. Chances is a residential facility that functions as a place of safety for children at risk who are between the ages of birth and 18 years.  Its mission is to temporarily provide a safe environment for children who are in need of care and protection while a thorough assessment is made of their circumstances and a placement plan and/or a care plan are developed. Chances is well equipped, with a good child to caregiver ratio, and houses up to 30 children in the above-mentioned age range.  Generally speaking to date, there are typically anywhere from 20 to 30 children in care at Chances at any given moment in time.

Once it is determined by the Social Welfare Division in conjunction with the lead staff at Chances that adoption is in the child’s best interest and the child is matched with an appropriate prospective adoptive family either locally or internationally, the adoption is administratively processed under the auspices of both entities with the assistance of an attorney and is approved by the High Courts of Dominica.

Creative Adoptions, Inc. is honored to have the privilege of being able to partner with the adoption authorities of Dominica in the provision of a full range of pre- and post-adoption support services to prospective adoptive families who are desirous of adopting a child from Dominica!

Basic Requirements:
** Couples or single mothers are eligible.
** The minimum age is 25 for both couples and singles. There is no official maximum age limit. Applicants ages 50 and older are assessed on a case-by-case basis
** Previous divorce(s) is/are acceptable.
** There is no length of marriage requirement.
** After the adoption is complete, formal post adoption reports with photos are required by Dominica for 1 year: one at 3, 6 and 12 months after you come home with your child(ren) and one at 12 months. In addition, families need to submit self-reports annually thereafter – starting from the 2nd year postadoption until the child reaches 18 years of age.

The Children:

**Children who are typically available for adoption are between 9 months and 12 years of age.  Children, 3 months of age and younger are not referred for adoption.

**Most of the children referred for international adoption are wards of the state.  However, there are occasionally private adoption cases presented.

Travel Requirements:
** Families are required to make a minimum of 2 trips to Dominica: with the purpose of the first trip being to meet the child(ren) identified, confirm acceptance and formally petition the courts to adopt the child; and with the purpose of the 2nd trip being to appear in court, obtain custody of the child once the adoption is finalized, obtain all post-court documents and to engage in all the post-adoption activities that result in the issuance of the visa for the child by the U.S. Embassy in Barbados which has jurisdiction over Dominica.
** Once the adoption process can begin, it is currently taking approximately 4 to 6 months for the adoption to be finalized, the post-adoption paperwork and visa for your child obtained.
** Full in country support services are provided while you are in both Dominica and Barbados. You are met at the airport at your point of entry and representatives are available to you throughout your entire in country stay.
NOTE: Our comprehensive information packet includes a detailed description of this program, an estimate of the total fees for services rendered, and the payment schedule for these fees. For more information about this program and to receive our information packet, please contact us at:

Creative Adoptions, Inc.®

(301-596-1521)

cai@creativeadoptions.org

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