CONTACT INFORMATION

U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia
Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan #4-5
Jakarta – 10110
Tel: 62-21-3435-9000
Fax: 62-21-385-7189


U.S. Consulate Surabaya
Jalan Dr. Sutomo No. 33
Surabaya
Tel: 62-31-295-6400
Fax: 62-31-567-4492


Consulate Agency Bali
Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188
Denpasar
Tel: 62-361-233-605
Fax: 62-361-222-426


Please note that U.S. Embassy Jakarta is the only U.S. Government office in Indonesia that processes immigrant visas.

 

Indonesian Adoption Authority
The Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Directorate of Child Social Service Development

Jalan Salemba Raya No. 28
Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Telephone: 62-21-310-0375

 

Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: 202-775-5200
Fax: 202-775–5365

*Indonesia also has consulates in: Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

 

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW SA-29
Washington, DC 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
E-mail:  AskCI@state.gov

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

1-800-375-5283
(TTY 1-800-767-1833)

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Indonesia is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Indonesia did not change. 

NOTE:  Indonesian Government stipulates that an adoptive child must be of the same religion as the adoptive parents. Where the religion of the child’s birth parents is not known, the child will be deemed to be Muslim.


There have been a number of instances in which Americans have been poorly advised by legal practitioners and have entered into fostering/adoption arrangements which, even though endorsed by local Indonesian courts, do not meet the requirements of Indonesian adoption law.  Adoptions that do not meet these requirements will not meet the requirements for the issuance of U.S. immigrant visas for the children.  Americans intending to adopt a child in Indonesia should not attempt to circumvent the proper processes.


U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to contact U.S. consular officials in Jakarta, Indonesia, before formalizing an adoption agreement to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed which will make it possible for the Embassy to issue a U.S. immigrant visa for the child.


DISCLAIMER


WHO CAN ADOPT

To bring an adopted child to United States from Indonesia, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government.  The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, Indonesia also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:

  • Residency Requirements:  Couples must be a resident of Indonesia for at least 2 years with a permit issued by the local authorities (Rukun Tetangga, Rukun Warga, Kelurahan, Kecamatan), and a letter from the Embassy in Jakarta (a statement of Domicile).

    Foreign national prospective adoptive parents must be resident in Indonesia and must have been working and living in Indonesia for at least two years prior to the application to adopt.  Past experience has shown that if one foreign national parent is resident in Indonesia before the other, he or she may initiate the process as long as s/he has already been resident in Indonesia for at least two years.

    In cases where one prospective adoptive parent is a foreign national and the other is an Indonesian citizen, the residency requirement has not applied as long as the Indonesian national has resided in Indonesia to see the adoption process through completion.  Such cases, however, are necessarily more complicated, and different courts may interpret the law differently.

    As was noted above, the U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents contact the Immigrant Visa Unit at U.S. Embassy Jakarta or Yayasan Sayap Ibu for further details.  Please note that regardless of residency, both adopting parents must appear at the court hearing.  Also, the adoptive parents need to obtain separate domicile statements issued by the local authorities (Rukun Tetangga, Rukun Warga, Kelurahan, Kecamatan), and by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.  The domicile statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta will indicate the prospective adoptive parents’ local address and their dates of residency in Indonesia.  The U.S. Embassy determines the dates of residency according to the parents’ KIMS/KITAS (Temporary Residence Card).
  • AgeRequirements: Couples must be between 30 and 45 years of age.
  • Marriage Requirements: Individuals wanting to adopt must be married for a minimum of five years.  Couples can be either childless, have one of their own children or have previously adopted an Indonesian child.  If the prospective adoptive mother has had birth children in the past, she must no longer be capable of bearing children.
  • Other Requirements:  Indonesian Government stipulates that an adoptive child must be of the same religion as the adoptive parents.  Where the religion of the child’s birth parents is not known, the child will be deemed to be Muslim.  The prospective adoptive parents must believe in God and both must appear at the court hearing.

WHO CAN BE ADOPTED

Indonesia has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption.  You cannot adopt a child in Indonesia unless he or she meets the requirements outlined below. 

In addition to these requirements, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law for you to bring him or her back to the United States.  Learn more about these U.S. requirements.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Abandonment Requirements:  The adoptive child must be in the care of a registered and authorized social welfare organization.
  • Age Requirements: The adoptive child must be less than five years old.


HOW TO ADOPT

Indonesia’s Adoption Authority
The Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Directorate of Child Social Service Development

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Indonesia TRY generally includes the following steps:

  • Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  • Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  • Be Matched with a Child
  • Adopt the Child in Indonesia
  • Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  • Bring Your Child Home 

1.  Choose an Adoption Service Provider  

The first step in adopting a child usually to select a licensed agency in the United States that can help with your adoption.  Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate.   Learn more about choosing the right adoption service provider.

 

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is not aware of any legally recognized Indonesian agencies who can assist adoptive parents.  Foreigners may seek private legal assistance to facilitate the process of adoption and seek advice and information from certain orphanages.

 

Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any adoption agency or facilitator they plan to use for adoption services.  For U.S.-based agencies, it is suggested that prospective adoptive parents contact the Better Business Bureau and/or the licensing office of the appropriate state government agency in the U.S. state where the agency is located or licensed.



2.  Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt 

To bring an adopted child from Indonesia to the United States, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-600A) by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Learn how

In addition to meeting the U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, you need to meet the requirements of Indonesia as described in the Who Can Adopt section. 

There are several documents that must be completed by the adoptive parents.  When all required paperwork is completed, application for adoption are directed through Yayasan Sayap Ibu or another designed social organization to the Department of Social Affairs, which usually grants permission for the child to be released into the prospective adoptive parents’ foster care.


3.  Be Matched with a Child

If you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority in Indonesia will provide you with a referral to a child.  Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.  .

The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Indonesia’s requirements, as described in the Who Can be Adopted section.  The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law.  Learn more.

The child will be released into prospective adoptive parents’ foster care.  The adoptive parent must complete a minimum period of six months of foster parenting the child before commencing the court process to finalize the adoption.  Monitoring by an Indonesian social worker appointed by the Department of Social Affairs (DSPSOS) is a part of this fostering process.


4.  Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in-country 

After the parents have completed the requisite six months of foster parenting, fulfilled the two year residency requirement, and have delivered all the necessary paperwork to the Sayap Ibu Orphanage, a court date will be set.  The court hearing will officially establish the foster parents as the child’s adoptive parents.

Approximately two weeks after the court hearing approving the adoption, the adoptive parents will receive the official court adoption document.

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

  • Role of The Adoption Authority:  The Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Directorate of Child Social Service Development is the agency designated by the Indonesian government to manage the administration of Indonesian adoption law and regulations.  This office may be reached in writing or by phone at:

Jalan Salemba Raya No. 28
Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Telephone: 62-21-310-0375

 

  • Role of The Court:

 

  • Role of Adoption Agencies: Yayasan Sayap Ibu (the Sayap Ibu Foundation has been designated by the Ministry of Social Affairs to handle adoptions by foreigners.  In areas of Indonesia where Yayasan Sayap Ibu is not represented, the first point of contact should be the Ministry itself.  The Yayasan Sayap Ibu office in Jakarta is located at:


Yayasan Sayap Ibu
Jalan Barito II # 55
Telephone: 62-21-722-1763

 

  • Adoption Application: For further information, Americans wishing to adopt a child in Indonesia should contact Yayasan Sayap Ibu.


There are several required documents that must be completed by the adoptive parents. When all the required paperwork is completed, applications for adoption are directed through Yayasan Sayap Ibu or another designated social organization to the Department of Social Affairs, which usually grants permission for the child to be released into the prospective adoptive parents’ foster care. 


Americans intending to adopt a child in Indonesia should not attempt to circumvent the proper processes. In order to obtain a valid court order, all adoptions must be vetted by an Inter-Departmental Committee (Tim Pertimbangan Perizinan Pangangkatan Anak Antara Warganegara Indonesia dan Warganegara Asing) that authorizes foreign adoptions. The final court decision must refer to the approval decision made by this committee.

 

  • Time Frame:  Adoption procedures can take from 12 to 18 months.

 

  • Adoption Fees:  The legal fees paid to the Indonesian authorities for adoption are approximately US$ 400.  However, some adoptive parents have indicated that the cost can run up to $600 or more total.

 

  • Documents Required:
  • Letter of no objection to the adoption from the American Embassy (issued by the Consular Section);
  • Marriage Certificate (authenticated by the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in the country of issuance);
  • Birth Certificates of both parents (authenticated by the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in the country of issuance);
  • Birth Certificates of previous children (authenticated by the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in the country of issuance);
  • Reference letters from the parents or close relatives of both prospective adoptive parents stating that they approve of the prospective parents' desire to adopt an Indonesian child;
  • Health statement for the husband and wife by a medical practitioner at an Indonesian government hospital. Statement from an Indonesian government hospital gynecologist regarding involuntary childlessness (i.e. the mother is infertile or can no longer have any more children even if she has had children previously);
  • Income statement;
  • Good conduct certificates from the Indonesian police for both husband and wife;
  • Family photos and photos of the home and surroundings;
  • Three photos each (3cm x 4cm) of husband and wife;
  • Statement from the adoptive parents that they will report the condition of the adopted child to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in future areas of residence;
  • Statement of motivation for adopting an Indonesian child (with U.S. Embassy seal);
  • Separate statements of domicile issued by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and from the local authorities (Rukun Tangga / Rukun Warga / Kelurahan / Kecamatan);
  • Photocopy of Work or Residence Permits;
  • Photocopy of passports; and
  • A letter from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta stating that the child will be allowed to enter the United States after the adoption is granted, and that under U.S. adoption legislation an adopted child becomes a child of the adopters as if he/she had been born to them in marriage.

All documents must be translated into Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) by a translator that has registered their signature with the Embassy so that translations may be certified with greater ease. Prospective adoptive parents may obtain the list of sworn translators from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. The Sayap Ibu Foundation can assist if required. The Foundation can also provide assistance in court to couples planning to adopt children who are not under the care of the Foundation. 

NOTE:  Additional documents may be requested. 

5.  Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Indonesia, the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) MUST determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted (Form I-600).  Learn how


6.  Bring Your Child Home

Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home.   Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate
You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport.  Your name will be added to the new birth certificate. 

  

Indonesia Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Indonesia.

 

With the court document in hand, the parents can apply for the child's Indonesian passport. The child will not be able to depart Indonesia or be issued a U.S. visa until he/she has a passport.

Requirements for an Indonesian passport include:

  • The child's birth certificate;
  • Copies of both parents' passports and residence/work permits;
  • Copy of the court adoption decree;
  • Letter of domicile from parents' “lurah” (Head of Village) stating that it is for the child's passport;
  • Affidavit from the U.S. Embassy that the child will not become an American citizen automatically upon adoption.

Once in possession of the child’s Indonesian passport, the Embassy can begin processing the child’s Immigrant Visa.

 

U.S. Immigrant Visa 
After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child.  After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review and approval of the child’s I-600 petition and to obtain a visa for the child.  This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.  As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more.


Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad:  The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents. 

                                                                                         

For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree. 

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting. 

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.      


Statistics

Statisitcs about adoption from Indonesia


TRAVELING ABROAD

Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Indonesia. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining Your Visa
In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa.  A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit.  Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Indonesia, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip
Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.  The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability. 

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there’s a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Indonesia registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Registration is free and can be done online.


AFTER ADOPTION

What does Indonesia require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

There are no post-adoption requirements in Indonesia.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.  Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it’s another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. 

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Note:  Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents. 


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