Home
Contact Us
Disclaimer
What's New
An Introduction
Health in Canada
Higher Studies
Hiring in Canada
Housing in Canada
Migration to Canada
Welfare Schemes
Your Rights & Duties

 

Provincial Nominee Programs

Skilled Worker Class

Business Class

Immigration Today

Sponsorships

Online Assessments

 

Online Payments

Study Permits

Work Permits

Visitor Visa

Permanent Resident Cards

Change Terms & Conditions

Humanitarian & Compassionate Cases

Live-in Caregivers

Refugee Claimants


ADOPTIONS

As adoption is a provincial responsibility, people who wish to adopt a child from outside of Canada must first contact provincial/territorial adoption authorities. Once you have initiated the adoption application through the provincial/territorial authorities and have obtained the appropriate approval, you may begin the sponsorship process for a child described below:

Adoptions completed abroad

The requirements that must be met for sponsorships of children adopted abroad are as follows:

� the child was under the age of 18 when the adoption took place;

� the adoption was in the best interests of the child, that is

� a competent authority had conducted or approved a home study of the adoptive parents;

� before the adoption, the child�s parents gave their free and informed consent to the child�s adoption;

� the adoption created a genuine parent-child relationship;

� the adoption was in accordance with the laws of the place where the adoption took place;

� the adoption was in accordance with the laws of the sponsor�s country of residence;

If the sponsor resided in Canada at the time the adoption took place, the competent authority of the child�s province of intended destination must have stated in writing that it does not object to the adoption.

� if the adoption was subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption, the competent authority of the country where the adoption took place and the province of destination have stated in writing that they approve the adoption as conforming to the Convention;

� if the adoption was not subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption, there is no evidence that the adoption is for the purpose of child trafficking or undue gain within the meaning of the Convention.

Adoptions completed in Canada

The requirements that must be met for sponsorships of children adopted in Canada are as follows:

� the child is under the age of 18;

� there is no evidence that the adoption is for the purpose of acquiring any privileges or status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;

� if the adoption was subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption, the competent authority of the country in which the child resides and the province of destination of that child have stated in writing that they approve the adoption as conforming to the Convention;

� if the adoption was not subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption,

- the child has been placed for adoption in the country in which he or she resides or is legally available in that country for adoption and there is no evidence that the adoption is for the purpose of child trafficking or undue gain within the meaning of the Convention and

- the competent authority of the child�s province of intended destination must have stated in writing that it does not object to the adoption.

Sponsorships for children who are not yet identified are accepted; once the child is identified, it is the sponsor�s responsibility to notify the appropriate visa office and provincial authority. For Quebec residents, please contact the office of the Minist�re des Relations avec les citoyens et de l�Immigration for sponsorship requirements in Quebec.

If a sponsorship is approved, an application for permanent residence must be submitted. (Instructions will be given at the time of approval.) Generally, an application for permanent residence will be approved if the child passes an immigration medical examination and if a visa officer is satisfied that the adoption will create a genuine parent-child relationship. It will not be approved if a visa officer concludes that the purpose of the adoption is to gain admission for the child or the child�s relatives.

For all adoption cases, there is an immigration requirement prior to visa issuance

� to obtain a letter from the provincial/territorial authorities stating that they have no objection to the proposed arrangements for reception and care of the child. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will make this request directly to the appropriate provincial/territorial authorities at the time of the sponsorship approval;

� to provide a written statement confirming that the sponsor of a child has obtained information about the medical condition of the child whom the sponsor has adopted or is in the process of adopting outside Canada, or intends to adopt in Canada. Read the Medical Condition Statement included with this appendix. If you are sponsoring a child adopted abroad or whom you intend to adopt in Canada, make sure you obtain the medical information. Then complete and sign the bottom portion of the Medical Condition Statement and return it to the visa office processing the permanent residence application you are submitting on behalf of the child.

International Adoption Authorities in Canada

 Government of Canada
Human Resources Development Canada
Inter-country Adoption Services Unit
Child, Family and Community Division
Tel.: (819) 997-1562
Fax: (819) 953-1115
http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/hrib/sdd-dds/cfc/content/interAdopt.shtml

Alberta
Alberta Children's Services
Program Manager, Adoption Services
Tel.: (780) 422-5641
Fax: (780) 427-2048
http://www.gov.ab.ca/cs/adoptions

British Columbia
Ministry for Children and Families
Adoption Branch
Tel.: (250) 387-3660
Fax: (250) 356-1864
http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption

Manitoba
Manitoba Family Services
Child and Family Services
Intercountry Adoptions Specialist
Tel.: (204) 945-6950
Fax: (204) 945-6717
http://www.gov.mb.ca

New Brunswick
Family and Community Services
Adoption Consultant
Tel.: (506) 444-5970
Fax: (506) 453-2082
http://www.gov.nb.ca

Newfoundland
Department of Health and Community Services
Director of Child, Youth Policy and Programs Services Branch
Tel.: (709) 729-6721
Fax: (709) 729-6382
http://www.gov.nf.ca/health

Nova Scotia
Department of Community Services
Manager of Adoption and Foster Care
Tel.: (902) 424-3205
Fax: (902) 424-0708
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/adopint.htm

Northwest Territories
Department of Health and Social Services
Coordinator, Child and Family Services Unit
Tel.: (867) 873-7943
Fax: (867) 873-7706
http://www.gov.nt.ca

Nunavut
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel.: (867) 975-5700
Fax: (867) 975-5705
http://www.gov.nu.ca

Ontario
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Adoption Unit, Central Services
Tel.: (416) 327-4730
Fax: (416) 327-0573
http://www.gov.on.ca/CSS/

Prince Edward Island
Department of Health and Social Services
Child, Family and Community Services Division
Tel.: (902) 368-6514
Fax: (902) 368-6136
http://www.gov.pe.ca

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Social Services
Adoption Program Consultant
Tel.: (306) 787-5698
Fax: (306) 787-0925
http://www.gov.sk.ca

Quebec
Minist�re de la Sant� et des Services sociaux
Secr�tariat � l'adoption internationale
Tel.: (514) 873-4747 or 1 (800) 561-0246
Fax: (514) 873-1709
http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca

Yukon
Family and Children's Services
Placement and Support Services
Tel.: (867) 667-3473
Fax: (867) 393-6204
http://www.gov.yk.ca

The Hague Conference on Private International Law
(1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention)
http://www.hcch.net/e/conventions/menu33e.html

CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION CANADA
 


Citizenship

CIC Call Centres

Community Service Centres

Fee Schedule

Medical Examination

Police Clearances

Your Rights & Obligations

Who Can Represent You

CAN WE HELP YOU?