Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago approved for Bermudian adoptions
Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago have been approved for international adoptions.
Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, said she had cleared the two countries at the request of the Department of Child and Family Services.
Approved jurisdictions for international adoption must be party to The Hague Convention and not on a restricted list.
Neither country is party to the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, but both have applied to join.
They are not on the restricted list.
Ms Furbert said in the House of Assembly last Friday that an order was approved that week that allowed applicants to proceed.
She also highlighted last year’s figures on adoptions.
Ms Furbert said there were 37 cases including 21 consultations for advice, 17 of which were for on-island adoptions and four for overseas adoptions.
Ms Furbert highlighted 16 open cases ready to start application – nine on-island adoptions, and seven overseas.
• To read the minister’s statement in full, click on the PDF below “Related Media”.