Adoption requirements in Papua New Guinea

Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Papua New Guinea

The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Papua New Guinea generally includes the following:

ROLE OF ADOPTION AGENCIES: There are no adoption agencies in Papua New Guinea.  The Office of Child Welfare in the Department for Community Development and its Director assists in adoptions.
ROLE OF ADOPTION AGENCIES: There are no adoption agencies in Papua New Guinea.  The Office of Child Welfare in the Department for Community Development and its Director assists in adoptions.
TIME FRAME: It takes approximately nine months from the time a child is matched with a family for adoption until the adoption is finalized.
ADOPTION FEES: There are no government charges for adoptions of Papua New Guinean children.  Attorneys’ fees vary and it is advisable to contact an attorney to obtain accurate fee information.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: The following documents are required to complete an adoption in Papua New Guinea:

Birth certificate
Medical reports
Bank Statements
Marriage certificate, and
Family photos
NOTE:  Additional documents may be requested. 

For more information, contact : 


Papua New Guinea’s Adoption Authority
Office of Child Welfare, 
Department for Community Development
Sanbra Haus
P.O. Box 7354
Boroko, NCD
Papua New Guinea
Tel: 675-325-9893
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