Child Care and Protection Agency

The Child Care and Protection Agency (CPA) has the overall responsibility of ensuring the safety and protection of children in Guyana, and promotes the rights of the child.

Key responsibilities
  • Provides psychosocial support and other assistance to vulnerable families
  • Responds to child abuse reports and provide safe places and recovery for victims
  • Manages operations of the State Care Centres (safe houses) for vulnerable children (children without adequate parental care and children in need of protection)
  • Placements of children in foster homes
  • Facilitates the reunification of children by providing psychosocial assistance and other contributions to ensure the children’s continued well-being
  • Ensures the provision of Adoption Services and the Maintenance of the Adoption Board
  • Monitors the operations of privately managed Children’s Homes and Orphanages for implementation of minimum Operational Standards
  • Conducts public awareness programmes on issues affecting the well-being of children and child abuse prevention
  • Registers and licenses Children Day Care facilities
  • Facilitates the provision of Family Court Services in keeping with the Custody, Contact, Guardianship and Maintenance Act 2011.

Who to contact?

General Office
Location: Lot 7 Broad and Charles Streets, Charlestown
Telephone Contact: 592 227 4420/231 8407

Regional Offices

Region One
Telephone Contact: 592 777 4125
Region Two
Telephone Contact: 592 771 4269/771 4311
Region Three
Telephone Contact: 592 264 2293
Region Five
Telephone Contact: 592 232 0604
Region Six
Telephone Contact: 592 333 2689/ 337 2364/337 2667/333 3051
Region Seven
Telephone Contact: 592 455 2009
Region Ten
Telephone Contact: 592 444 6971/444 6816/444 2009

The Adoption Department, which falls under the purview of the Childcare Protection Agency, provides the legal option of care available in safeguarding Guyana’s children. It allows for children to be placed legally with families whether relatives or non-relatives, who have the responsibility to ultimately provide love and a safe environment.
Who can be adopted?
A Guyanese child over six-weeks and below the age of eighteen (18) years, who was never married and resides in Guyana can be adopted.
Who can adopt?
  • An Applicant over eighteen (18) years but not older than sixty-five (65) years.
  • The age difference between the Applicant and the child must not be more than fifty (50) years or less than seventeen (17) years.
How do I apply?

Services offered by the Adoption Department:
  • Facilitates the processing of applications for adoption
  • Prepares pre-adoption reports for children in need of permanent family
  • Compiles pre-adoption reports for the Court and the Adoption Board
  • Networks with relevant Agencies to access services for children
  • Host monthly statutory Adoption Board Meetings

Who to contact?

General Office
Location: Lot 7 Broad and Charles Streets, Charlestown
Telephone Contact: 592 225-7450, 225-1117, 225-1257, 227-0138
Email address:
Skype- live:

The Childcare and Development Services Regulations were implemented in Guyana on May 4, 2016, making it mandatory for all such facilities to be registered and licensed by the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA).

Early Childhood Development Services Unit (ECD Unit)

Against this backdrop, the Early Childhood Development Services Unit (ECD Unit) was established and promotes enlightened programmes for children to get opportunity for the “right start”.

Its key responsibilities include:

  • Registration, licensing and monitoring of all childcare facilities
  • Monitoring of all childcare facilities by Registration and License Officers (RLO) to ensure said facilities meet and maintain the minimum services Standards outlined in the Regulations
  • Development and implementation of policies and programmes cratering for the birth to three age group
  • Raises awareness for parents and stakeholders on the importance of the Early Years of a child’s life and on the implementation of the new Childcare and Development Services Regulations. Parents are educated on what they should look for when choosing a childcare facility for their children

Back To Basics Toddlers’ Reading Programme

Launched on February 6, 2018 in the 10 Administrative Regions at various Maternal Child Health Clinics (MCHC), the programme is a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Public Health and the National Library. The aim of the programme is to encourage parents to spend time reading to their babies and toddlers since this will help the children to develop an interest in books at an early age. RLOs are required to visit MCHCs and encourage parents to utilize the books provided by the Agency and read to their children while waiting to be seen by the Medical Practitioner. RLOs and Officers from the National Library would occasionally conduct demonstrations for parents on how to engage their children with books and distribute books to children and parents. Additionally, through collaboration between the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) and UNICEF; the ECD Unit has embarked on a National Training for Childcare Practitioners who do not have formal training in Early Childhood Development (ECD). The Unit has developed the Training Module for the programme which is certified by BIT. Training was conducted in Regions 3, 4, 6 and 10 with a total of 180 practitioners being trained in 2019.