STEP 1: The adoptive family
completes the International Adoption Application and forwards
it to Adoption and Permanency Services. This form is available
through adoption agencies or at the Government
of Alberta's web site.
STEP 2: Alberta's
Adoption and Permanency Services determines if the application
is acceptable and advises applicants of issues that may impact
the privately arranged adoption.
STEP 3: If
the application is accepted, applicants can obtain a Home
Assessment Report from a licensed adoption agency.
STEP 4: Applicants
must complete the adoption agency's training program for international
STEP 5: The
licensed adoption agency works with the family and completes
the Home Assessment Report. Once reviewed and signed by the
adoptive parents and agency staff, the agency forwards the
report to Alberta's Adoption and Permanency Services for provincial
STEP 6: Adoption and Permanency services
reviews the Home Assessment Report. If they approve the applicants
for international adoption, Adoption and Permanency Services
forwards the original Home Assessment and two letters of approval
to the adoptive family.
STEP 7: The adoptive family gathers the Home
Assessment Report and all other require documents and compiles
them into an adoption dossier. An adoption agency or coordinator
can assist families in compiling and reviewing the adoption
STEP 8: The
adoptive family or their licensed agency/coordinator arranges
for the adoption dossier to be translated, notarized, authenticated
and verified according to the legal requirements of the child’s
country of origin.
STEP 9: The
adoptive family or the agency/coordinator forwards the completed
dossier, along with the required number of copies, to Adoption
and Permanency Services.
STEP 10: Adoption and Permanency Services
forwards the dossier by courier to the Central Authority in
the child’s country of origin and requests the dossier
be provided to an agency approved by the Central Authority
to facilitate an international adoption.
STEP 11: Adoptive parents are responsible
for their child’s entry into Canada. As of December
23, 2007, families can now choose from two processes: citizenship
or immigration. Detailed
information can be found here about Citizenship and Immigration
STEP 12: Adoption
and Permanency Services corresponds with the adoptive family
and the child’s country until all the information required
by the child’s country is complete.
STEP 13: The Central Authority or delegate
in the originating country selects a child to be matched with
the adoptive family in Alberta.
STEP 14: The
matching proposal, which includes the child’s description,
a photograph, medical and background information, is forwarded
by the agency in the child’s country to their Central
Authority. The Central Authority in the child's country then
forwards the proposal to Adoption and Permanency Services
in Alberta. On occasion, the match will come directly from
the agency in the child’s country.
STEP 15: Adoption and Permanency Services
will contact the coordinator or the translator if the “match”
requires translation. The family is not identified to the
coordinator or translator.
STEP 16: Adoption and Permanency Services
reviews the “match” to ensure consistency with
the Home Assessment recommendation or begins Alberta’s
review process for a child with medical concerns.
STEP 17: If Adoption and Permanency Services
deems the match appropriate, it provides the referral information
to the family’s Alberta agency. The agency proposes
the match to the applicants and forwards all information to
them, including a “Letter of Acceptance/Decline”.
STEP 18: The adoptive family receives the
information and are encouraged to discuss the information
with their family doctor or appropriate specialists.
STEP 19: The adoptive family advises Adoption
and Permanency Services of their decision regarding adoption
of the proposed child by completing the Letter of Acceptance/Decline.
The original signed letter is required.
STEP 20: Adoption and Permanency Services
advises the Central Authority in the child’s country
of Alberta’s agreement and the adoptive family’s
decision and Alberta’s position by forwarding the appropriate
Notification of Agreement Letter.
STEP 21: If Adoption and Permanency Services
approves the match and the adoptive family agrees to the adoption
of the child, the child’s Central Authority proceeds
with obtaining an immigration medical on the child, arranging
for the child’s travel and finalizing the adoption in
STEP 22: Citizenship
and Immigration Canada must be contacted in order to arrange
for the child's entry into Canada. Once applications are approved
and all the child passes the medical and other requirements
for admission to Canada, the child will be approved to enter
Canada. In a minority of cases, adoption orders are finalized
STEP 23: Adoption and Permanency Services
encourages the adoptive family to travel to the child’s
country to receive placement. Adoptive families should advise
Adoption and Permanency Services of the date they plan to
STEP 24: When
the adoptive family returns to Alberta, they must advise Adoption
and Permanency Services of the child’s arrival in Alberta.
STEP 25: Post placement/post adoption follow-up
reports, as required by the child’s country of origin,
are provided by licensed adoption agencies. These must be
arranged by the adoptive family.
STEP 26: If the adoption is being finalized
in Alberta, the child’s placement is supervised by a
licensed adoption agency.
STEP 27: The child’s country provides
consent to the adoption and the petition is prepared and filed
in Court by the Alberta agency.
here for the "The Private International Adoption Process"