We facilitate many types of inter-country adoptions. All of these adoptions involve a child being brought into BC by parents that live here.
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Just as in domestic adoptions, for inter-country adoptions The Adoption Centre of British Columbia:
- Counsels families both before and after the placement of the child.
- Completes thorough checks of the adopting family (home study).
- Reviews the child’s social and medical history.
- Collects the letters of consent that are issued by birth parents and government of origin.
- Ensure that all necessary requirements are met if the adoption is finalized in the child’s country of origin.
Inter-country package “Dossier”
- Each country or state has a unique and very specific list of documents they require adoptive parents to sent to the country. Our agency is able to provide you with a prepared checklist of documents and in some cases, sample documents.
- Additional documents, profiles and detailed medical exams may be requested.
- Once these documents have been compiled, translated and usually notarized, the package is sent to the chosen country.
- The US programs operate much like the domestic one in BC, where birth parents select the adoptive parents.
- Most other countries will match you with a child and then send you the proposal.
- The time this takes varies widely depending on the country and how many requests/applicants they get.
The Adoption Centre of British Columbia has no influence over wait times. The adoption program in any country is subject to unforeseen changes, suspensions or even closures at any time without warning. Applicants need to be prepared that inter-country adoption is subject to varying risks and waits which cannot be anticipated with any certainty. As a result, The Adoption Centre of British Columbia cannot guarantee if or when the applicants with receive a placement.
Placement & Adoption
- After you have received and accepted a proposal, travel plans are made for you to pick up your child.
- The adoption is either completed in the country of origin or in BC after you get back (known as a “Section 48″, named after the section of the Adoption Act that describes it). Periodic progress reports are requested by all countries whose children are adopted out and must usually be done by a registered social worker.
- When the adoption is completed in BC, a Post-Placement Report is required by the courts after six months of placement. This is done by your social worker and passed on to your lawyer to be included when you file for adoption.
Please note: The British Columbia Provincial Adoption Office has placed a pending moratorium on adopting from The Democratic of the Congo. As a result, our agency is not accepting applications for this program presently.
For information on the children available, adoptive applicants criteria and adoption process please refer to the enclosed General Information Document.
The following provides a general overview of each of these countries and links. To discuss fee related to adopting please contact our office.
Additional information on these countries have been included on this website. In addition, the following government link offers good background information:
- BC Ministry’s Fact Sheets on Inter-Country Adoptions (contains detailed information for the specific types of inter-country adoptions.)
The United States ratified The Hague Convention in April 2008. As a result, the US agency that applicants work with MUST be Hague Accredited and willing to work with Canadian families.
The children available are of both genders and are primarily of African American, Hispanic and bi-racial backgrounds. Our agency work to place newborn infants from the states. We do not place American children in state foster care systems.
Since the Hague was ratified, there are less US agencies to choose from who are accredited. We encourage prospective adoptive parents to contact the US agencies that they wish to work with directly so that they can get to know agency personnel and determine if this agency, who will be profiling them to birth parents and a primary source of support at the time of placement, feels like a good fit for them.
The follow is a list of US agencies that our agency has worked with most recently.
- Adoption By Shepherd Care (Florida)
If you are interested in learning more about adopting through the U.S., please read this document U.S. Adoptions for further details.
All Chinese adoptions are processed through their central government branch, the China Centre for Adoption Affairs (CCAA). China ratified The Hague Convention in January 2006.
China (CCAA) has specific requirements of adoptive families. These requirements were changed as of May 1, 2007. It is important to be sure that you meet these requirements. CCAA may exercise leniency if applying to the Waiting Child Program, but it is important to contact our office to discuss any departures from this list of criteria before your home study to ensure that you would qualify.
CCAA has two programs through which foreigners can adopt children:
Non Special Needs Program
PLEASE NOTE: Because of lengthening wait times we are not recommending this adoption program for new registrants at this time.
The children available through this program are almost exclusively female and range in age from approximately 0-24 months. These children have no known special needs.
Applicants with Chinese Ancestry may be eligible to have their applications expedited. For more information on this, please contact us.
Waiting Child Program
Children available through this program are from 18 months of age and older, with more males available than female children. CCAA considers these children to have ‘minor correctable special needs’ which may include: congenital heart defect, Hepatitis B positive, cleft palate, cleft lip, missing toes and/or fingers to name a few. If you are interested in this program, please read this document: Waiting Child Program.
* if you already have a Log In Date with CCAA for the non special needs program, please note that the dossier documents that you would need to add to your dossier for this program are minimal. For information on this program when you have a log in date, please read this document: Waiting Child Program with LID.
Our province has officially opened to Haiti as of December 2013. Our agency is accredited through IBESR (The Istitut de Bien Etre Social at de Research) for adoptions in Haiti. The orphanages that we work with are:
God’s Littlest Angels – www.glahaiti.org/
Rivers of Hope – www.allgodschildren.org/our-adoption-program/Haiti
Faith and Love in Action – www.faithandloveinaction.org/
We are able to work with residents of AB to adopt from Haiti. For more information on this process, please contact our office as it will different from the process for BC residents outlined on this website.
In Haiti all adoptions are processed through their central government branch IBESR. Children available are between the ages of newborn and older. All children are of Haitian Creole background. Orphanages must be licensed to facilitate adoptions through IBESR.
We encourage families to contact orphanages directly usually through their websites so that they can begin to develop a relationship with the orphanage which will be instrumental in feeling confident about the care their child is receiving and also in terms of the assistance they receive in traveling to Haiti. Some orphanages have additional characteristics that they look for in adoptive families.
To facilitate adoptions from Ethiopia, BC agencies need to work with agencies in Canada who are accredited by Ethiopia government officials. There are two such agencies which are currently in operation in Canada:
- Canadian Advocate for the Adoption of Children Inc. (CAFAC)
- Mission of Tears (Note: Prospective adoptive parents who were registered with Imagine Adoption are now served by MOT)
Adoptive parents need to register both with a BC licensed adoption agency and one of these two Ethiopian entities to ensure that legislative requirements of both jurisdictions are met. Children available range in age from a few weeks old and up. All children are racially Black.
Ethiopia has specific requirement of adoptive families; if you are interested in this program, please read this document Ethiopia Adoptions for further details.
In Bulgaria, all adoptions are processed through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Not for profit organizations assist the Bulgarian Government with inter-country adoptions. The Not for profit organization that our agency works with is Our Family. (not VESTA)
The children available for inter-country adoption are of Roma, Turkish and Armenian heritage and of both genders. The majority of children are between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age. If you are interested in this program, please read this document Bulgaria Adoptions.
Our Family – http://ourfamilybg.eu/index_en.html
Adopting from countries not listed
Our agency will consider researching adoption options from additional countries upon request. A registration fee would be collected at the time of the request which would then be applied to the applicants’ overall fees paid to our agency to pursue an adoption plan. Our agency is not able to pursue adoptions in countries where our provincial authority has issued a suspension. Our provincial authority will also issue alerts to be aware of should concerning information come to their attention on the adoption practices in a certain country. For more information on country suspensions and alerts, click here.In all Inter-Country adoptions, because the adopted child is coming to Canada from another country, Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) plays a vital role in Inter-country adoption. Please check out the CIC website for additional information and click here.