Adopt a child from abroad

The process to adopt a child internationally and bring them back to Canada.

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Services and information

International adoption process

The steps to follow when adopting internationally

Contact an adoption authority

How to contact the provincial or territorial adoption authorities to begin the international adoption process

Restrictions on adoptions

Countries you are not able to adopt from

How to bring your adopted child to Canada

How the immigration and citizenship processes work, and which one to choose

Apply for citizenship for your adopted child

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times

Apply for permanent residency for your adopted child

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times

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