Adopting from Canada

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Hague Convention Information

Canada is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Canada and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

Canada is not considered a country of origin in intercountry adoption. Only 14 Canadian orphans have received U.S. immigrant visas in the past five fiscal years. The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from Canada, including adoptions of Canada children by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by Americans living in Canada.

Who Can Adopt


Age of Adopting Parents




Who Can Be Adopted

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

The Process

Traveling Abroad

After Adoption


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information