Country Programs Overview

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

The agency is licensed to facilitate adoptions from South Africa, Nigeria, Lagos, Haiti and Guyana. If you are seeking to adopt a child from a country other than listed here please contact our office as we may be able to assist you. In 2018-2019 we completed adoptions from Uganda and the Ivory Coast.

International adoption programs evolve over time and changes may include eligibility requirements of applicants, oversight systems abroad, documentation required, timelines and fees. We strive to have current information for inquiries and 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 43 at the time of application
  • Most children are between 2 and 4 years old at the time of placement
  • 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 who have one, two or no children may apply to adopt one or two children, with some exceptions. Contact our office.
  • No recent history of cancer or mental health disability
  • 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 can only accept applications for relative adoptions from Ghana currently. Please contact our office.


    • Married applicants must be at least age 25 and the combined ages of both applicants cannot exceed 100.  Single applicants must be at least age 35 and can only adopt a female child.
    • There must be at least 21 years age difference between the child and adopter unless the child is a relative
    • Nigeria does not recognize common law partnerships as married couples.
    • More information

Since 1993 the agency has also completed adoptions from Russia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Antigua, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.

View our current Programs Summary Chart

Application Form

Application Instructions: Please print, complete, sign and scan or mail the attached application form to our office for review. Families will receive confirmation in writing that their application is received and if eligible can proceed to register with FBA to adopt from their country of choice. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at 416 449-0018 or by email at