Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION -

When last we vis­ited the adop­tion pro­cesses de­liv­ered in Ja­maica, we said that there were two types: Ap­pli­ca­tion for adop­tion or­der – an adop­tion com­pleted in Ja­maica and, Ap­pli­ca­tion for adop­tion li­cence – ap­proval for the re­lease of a child to cit­i­zens of sched­uled coun­tries to be adopted abroad. Our fo­cus this time is the ap­pli­ca­tion for adop­tion li­cence. Once you've com­pleted the ap­pli­ca­tion process i.e., regis­tra­tion of adop­tion etc. and the Court has sanc­tioned the adop­tion, a li­cence will be granted for the trans­fer of the child to the ju­ris­dic­tion of res­i­dence.

Adop­tion should be in a child's best in­ter­est and, there­fore, should not be seen as a means for mi­gra­tion, traf­fick­ing or re­mov­ing chil­dren from their sta­ble fam­ily set­ting to one of un­cer­tainty and un­fa­mil­iar­ity.

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