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General Adoption Information

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are three different types of adoption that prospective adoptive parents can pursue: public, private and international.

Newfoundland's Department of Health and Community Services is responsible for facilitating adoptions for children who are in the care of the government. Most of the children are older and/or have special needs. There are some infants available for adoption.

At present, there are no licensed private adoption agencies, but this type of adoption can still be arranged. In most cases, expectant parents making an adoption plan for their child know the adoptive family prior to placement. In order for this adoption to occur, the adoptive family must have a home study completed and be approved by Newfoundland and Labrador's Director of Adoption. Birth parents can also work with the Department of Health and Community Services and choose an adoptive family from profiles of approved waiting families.

Families in Newfoundland and Labrador can also adopt internationally. There are no licensed adoption agencies in the province but this type of adoption can still be arranged with the assistance of the Department of Health and Community Services and an out of province licensed adoption agency.

* More information regarding adoption in Newfoundland and Labrador will be added soon.




For more information about adoption in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit the Department of Health and Community Services (click here)

Read: Newfound and Labrador's Adoption Act


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