Legislation and Central authority 

In Canada the intercountry adoption is regulated under provincial, territorial and foreign adoption laws and the adoption eligibility is determined by the provinces and territories. It is either the provinces and territories or licensed adoption agencies that carry out adoption case management. For information on the intercountry adoption process, prospective adoptive families shall contact their provincial or territorial adoption authority: Adoption Authorities – Provincial / Territorial Governments.

In Canada, adoption is under provincial or territorial jurisdiction. To be eligible to adopt a child, you must meet the adoption requirements of the province/territory where you live if you are living in Canada or the country where you live if you are living abroad; the central adoption authority of the country where the child lives.

Your provincial or territorial adoption autorities or the central adoption authority of the country in which you live if living abroad will tell you if you need to contact a licensed adoption agency, will advise you on the adoption laws of the country from where you want to adopt and explain the requirements of the Hague Convention that apply to intercountry adoptions between countries that have ratified the Hague Convention. 

Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for information on how to bring your adopted child to Canada: International adoption. 

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) is the federal department responsible for intercountry adoption issues at the national and international levels.

Intercountry Adoption Services (IAS), a unit within, works directly with the provinces and territories to provide information and guidance. However, the provinces and territories make the decisions regarding eligibility and assist Canadians in their efforts to adopt.

IAS’s role in intercountry adoption includes:

  • developing pan-Canadian responses on issues such as unethical and irregular adoption practices and child trafficking;
  • acting as a central database on adoption legislation, policies and practices of “sending” countries, research, data and statistics; and,
  • encouraging communications and continually building on working relationships with provincial and territorial, federal, and foreign government counterparts in the adoption community.

Who can adopt? 

In order to be able to adopt you should meet the requiremets of your province/territory.

Recognition of the Bulgarian adoption decree

The full adoption of a child from a country, party to the Hague convention is automatically recognized in all provinces and teritories of Canada.


Foreign partners

UAS Eastern European Adoptions Inc

Model table of the Hague Conference on private international law for the costs associated with international adoption

Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information.