Intercountry Adoption of a Relative
We have experience assisting families to adopt relatives from their country of origin.
The applicant may be the child’s aunt, uncle, great-aunt or uncle or grandparent. Applicants who apply to adopt a relative must follow the same preparation and process for intercountry adoption in Ontario as non-relative applicants. The process requires:
- register with an adoption agency that is licensed to do adoptions from that country,
- completion of a homestudy and mandatory adoption training, and
- obtaining provincial ministry approval to adopt
These steps are required before an applicant is permitted to travel to the child’s country of origin for the purpose of adopting the child. Once applicants have received a provincial Letter of Approval to adopt, our agency will liaise with the appropriate child welfare authorities and legal professionals in the child’s country of origin to complete the adoption in compliance with the laws and protocols of that country.
You must obtain permission from the Canadian government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to bring a child from another country into Canada as a part of your family.
An intercountry adoption which was completed in the child’s country without following the Ontario Intercountry Adoption Act, is not in compliance with Ontario adoption process and law. The agency provides services to assist families who are in this situation and which may result in the adoption being recognized in Ontario and Canada.
Fees vary dependent on the adoption process involved in the foreign jurisdiction. Please contact our office for more information.