Country Programs Overview

At Family by Adoption Inc. we manage the complexity of international adoption processes and complete adoptions abroad for the children and families we serve.

The agency does international relative adoptions from several countries and is licensed to facilitate non-relative adoptions from South Africa, Nigeria, Haiti, Guyana, Ethiopia and Ghana.  If you are inquiring about adopting an identified child from a different country than those listed here, we may be able to assist you on the basis of obtaining a one-time Ministry licence to do so.  Contact us to learn more about each program so that you can help you decide which program is right for your family.

International adoption programs change and evolve over time. Such changes may include eligibility requirements of applicants, oversight systems abroad, documentation required, timelines and fees.  We strive to keep our families informed of any changes if and when they occur and communicate information regularly. Our staff are on-site daily.

Below is a overview of our current programs.

flag-southafrica_SMSOUTH AFRICA

  • Each applicant must be between the ages of 25 and 44 at the time of application
  • Children adopted are approximately ages 1 to 3 years at time of proposal, sibling groups are older
  • Applicants between age 44 – 50 may be accepted for the adoption of children over age 4
  • Single applicants are accepted but currently the agency is at capacity until further notice
  • Married applicants must be married for a minimum of two (2) years
  • Applicants may have no more than 2 biological children to apply
  • No history of cancer or mental health disability or major depression
  • At least one person of a couple must be a Canadian citizen
  • No record of criminal convictions
  • More information


  • For couples at least one applicant must be at least age 30 and both must be no older than age 50 years
  • Single applicants must be over age 35
  • Single female applicants, without children and under age 50 are eligible
  • Married couples, who have been married for at least 5 years
  • Common law partners must verify a committed relationship for more than 5 years
  • More information

 Flag_of_Guyana GUYANA

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 65 to adopt
  • The age difference between the adopter and the adoptee must be no more than 50 years and no less than 17 years
  • Single female applicants are eligible to adopt
  • Applicants who are married, defined as one woman and one man and/or who have been in a common law relationship for more than 5 year
  • Children over the age of 12 must give their consent to the adoption
  • More information 

Flag_of_Ghana GHANA

  • We are open to accept applications for international adoption of relatives from Ghana. Please contact our office for more information about relative adoption.


    • Applicants must be at least age 25 and the combined ages of both applicants of a couple cannot exceed 100
    • There must be at least 21 years age difference between the child and adopter unless the child is a relative
    • Married couples and single females are eligible to adopt. Single female applicants must be at least age 35 and can adopt only a female child.
    • Nigeria does not recognize common law partnerships within adoption applications
    • More information

  Since 1993 the agency has completed adoptions for relatives and non-relatives from various countries including Russia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Antigua, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.

View our current Programs Summary Chart

Application Form

Application Instructions: If you wish to apply to adopt through Family by Adoption Inc. you must print, complete, sign and mail the attached application form to our agency office for review. Families cannot proceed to the next step of registering for a specific country program until their application to Family by Adoption Inc. is accepted.  The information you provide is confidential.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at 416 449-0018 or