Can I adopt a child residing in Trinidad & Tobago?
The Adoption of Children Act No. 31 of 1946 does not allow for the adoption of children residing in Trinidad & Tobago by persons residing overseas. Prospective adopters must be resident in Trinidad & Tobago to facilitate home visits and reports by the national Family Services Division. If however a child is already residing in an overseas country and the family has retained the services of an attorney or is working with an adoption agency in that country, the National Family Services Division of the Office of The Prime Minister can be contacted for assistance in reaching parties locally (i.e. in Trinidad & Tobago), for obtaining signatures to documents or in any other procedure as may be relevant to expediting the adoption process.