The choice to adopt a child or children from another country may
happen for a number of different reasons, but when someone gets to
that point, it is usually with a great deal of passion and
conviction. Whether you aren't able to have children of your
own, you have emotional ties to another country or you just want to
make a child's life better, adopting from another country can
be a great opiton.
However, it is also complicated and potentially time-consuming,
so it is important that you follow the right steps at the right
times. There is obviously a lot more to it than contacting an
international adoption agency and choosing a child to bring over
and call your own.
A successful adoption won't happen at all if you aren't
eligible to adopt a child from another country, so figuring that
out is a critical first step. The welfare and rights of the child
are of the utmost importance, to the Canadian government and to the
other country, so only qualified candidates are considered.
Adopting children from other countries is known as
international adoption, and the end result is a Canadian
individual or couple being legally recognized as the permanent
parent(s) of the child or children. Some of the requirements you
must meet in order to be eligible to adopt a child from another
The adoption must be in the best interest of the child.
The adoption is a genuine parent/child relationship and not
just a plan to acquire citizenship.
The adoption is in accordance with both Canadian law and the
laws of the country where the child resides.
Once it has been determined that you are eligible, the
adoption process may begin. However, even after this step has been
completed successfully and the adoption finalized, another step is
required before you can bring your adopted child to Canada.
Immigration or Citizenship
Once the child has been adopted, some parents are able to
apply for Canadian citizenship for the child directly, while
others must sponsor the child for permanent residence first.
Each process has its own requirements and rules of eligibility,
and this is where a seasoned
Canadian immigration lawyer can help guide you in the right
direction. Knowing which step applies to your situation can be
challenging, which is why consulting an expert makes sense. An
immigration lawyer will also help with any applications that must
be filled out for these steps.
The fact that children are involved and there is more than one
country involved in the process is why it can be such an arduous
process, but the rewards are great if it works out. Not all
countries permit adoption, and some are currently suspended from
If you're still interested in going through the process,
contact our office today to learn how we can help.
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