CABO VERDE - Foreign Authorization

Last Updated: May 5, 2022

To support the viability of intercountry adoption as an option for permanency for children in Cabo Verde, the Office of Children’s Issues and the U.S. Embassy in Praia sought information from the Cabo Verde Central Authority regarding its legal requirements for the authorization of adoption service providers (ASP), pursuant to Article 12 of the Hague Adoption Convention.

The Convention entered into force in Cabo Verde in January 2010.

Cabo Verde law requires U.S. ASPs be authorized by the Central Authority of Cabo Verde located in the Attorney General’s Office.

ASPs with questions about the information below or about pursuing authorization in Cabo Verde should contact the Central Authority of Cabo Verde, CAI – Conselho para a Adoção Internacional, Procuradoria-Geral da Republica, Achada Santo António, Zona da Capela, Praia, Ilha de Santiago, Cabo Verde - C.P 268, Phone: (238) 261 5748, Website:, E-mail:, or, or

To obtain authorization, a U.S. adoption service provider must provide:

  1. An application for authorization to operate in Cabo Verde;
  2. An accreditation and authorization document issued by the US Competent Authority to operate in Cabo Verde;
  3. Presentation document of the ASP containing the ASP's charter, legal framework, structure, technical team, areas of activity, countries where the ASP is active, and projects inside Cabo Verde, and
  4. A report on activities.

The Adoption Oversight Division in the Office of Children’s Issues can provide an accreditation verification letter to satisfy part 2 of the Cabo Verde requirements.  ASPs may email to request this official communication.

For additional information, ASPs may wish to review the Cabo Verde  country-information page.