- Prospective adoptive parents who are not related to the potential adopted child must be 25 years of age or older. If the child is a brother, sister, niece, or nephew of the prospective adoptive parent(s), at least one parent must be 18 years of age or older. There are no laws establishing a required age difference between the adoptee and the prospective adoptive parent when they are related.
- Both single individuals and married couples can adopt, though Jamaica does not recognize same-sex marriage.
- Prospective adoptive parents expect to travel to Jamaica at least twice, once to meet with the Child Development Agency (CDA) and again to apply for a visa.
- Only children between the ages of six weeks and 18 years old are eligible for adoption.
- The Jamaican Adoption Board will work with prospective adoptive parents to ensure that siblings are placed together.
- Each child must undergo a medical examination in Jamaica by a registered Jamaican medical practitioner before the Adoption Order or License can be approved. This is separate from the medical examination the child must undergo prior to obtaining an immigrant visa.
- Waiting Period or Foster Care: None.