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International Adoption

International adoption – also called intercountry adoption – refers to the adoption of children who reside outside Canada. International adoptions are completed with the help of a Ministry-approved Independent Practitioner and, very frequently, the services of an International Adoption Agency. The Ministry of Social Services is involved in terms of ensuring all the legal requirements for an international adoption are met and agreeing to the placement of the child.

To learn more about international adoption in Saskatchewan, contact the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan and request an Initial Adoption Information e-Package. This information package will provide you with up-to-date information about all your options for becoming an adoptive parent in Saskatchewan. ASCS can be reached at 1-866-869-2727 or (306) 665-7272.

Frequently Asked Questions about International Adoption

Where Can I Read More About Intercountry Adoption? For more information, refer to the Ministry of Social Services’ Intercountry Adoption Program Guide.

Do Children Adopted Internationally Automatically Become Canadian Citizens? There are two separate processes in which children can be adopted as Permanent Residents or as Citizens. Read more about your options at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/adoption/differences.asp

What is The Hague Convention? The Hague Convention is an international agreement that helps to protect children and their families from illegal, irregular, or ill-prepared adoptions abroad. The Convention puts safeguards in place to: (a) respect children’s human rights; (b) ensure international adoptions are in the best interests of the child; and, (c) prevent the abduction, trafficking, and sale of children. Canada has signed onto The Hague Convention since 1993 and Citizenship and Immigration is responsible for its implementation in Canada.