Adopting from Canada comes with a lot of responsibility and necessary research on your part. For starters, it's important to realize that each of Canada's 13 provinces has its own adoption authority, laws, and regulations. This means that you'll either need to study each province's laws and regulations or you'll need to pinpoint which province or provinces you'll try to adopt from. If it makes it easier, consider starting in one province and working your way through the other twelve provinces if the previous ones don't work out for you. It may seem overwhelming, but it really gives you a great deal of options to help you begin and continue your adoption journey.
When researching each Canadian province and what they require, you'll want to first determine which type of adoption you're hoping for, including public, private, open, or international adoption. Once you know that, you'll know what to look for and where to begin. Throughout this process, however, if you have any questions or concerns, contact the appropriate department directly. This can save you a lot of confusion, stress, and heartache.
On the other side of the spectrum are those searching and hoping to reunite with loved ones who have been placed or who placed their children. There are many search and reunion resources at your disposal. You just have the find the ones that work best for you.
On the navigation bar to the left, you'll find links, pages, and resources that can help you along your journey. For each province, we've included information about and resources for the following categories: