There are no licensed private
adoption agencies in New Brunswick at the present time. Private
adoptions do occur in New Brunswick, but they're arranged
by the birth parents who place their child directly with a
family known to them.
In a private or 'direct placement'
adoption of children over the age of two, birth parents and
adoptive parents have 30 days prior to the placement to notify
the Minister. For children under the age of two, families
have 15 days after placement to notify the Minister. The reason
for the notification of a placement is that ultimately, the
Minister is responsible for ensuring that these adoption placements
are safe and do not place the child at risk.
Recently, the Minister proposed
that the timeframe for notifying the Minister of a private
adoption placement be extended to 60 days. This change would
allow the Minister the opportunity to perform a preliminary
adoptive home assessment.
Another proposed amendment
by the Minister is that birth parents will be informed of
the findings of their chosen adoptive family's home assessment.
The birth parents will be notified whether the Minister believes
that the placement is suitable so that they can make an informed