Adoption authorities

Find out who to contact if you want to adopt a child from abroad.

 Don’t adopt during a crisis

A crisis (such as a war or natural disaster) often separates children from their families. In these situations, you shouldn’t adopt a child because

  • reuniting the child with their parents or family must take priority
  • it’s difficult to confirm if a child is actually available for adoption

For more information, check the statement from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund).

Government of Canada (federal)

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
    Intercountry Adoption Services
    Immigration Program Guidance

Provincial and territorial central adoption authorities


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