Notice – Adoptions from Pakistan

The provinces and territories will no longer accept applications for adoption placements from Pakistan, effective July 2, 2013.

The Government of Canada, in support of this decision, will no longer process related immigration applications as of the same date.

Pakistani law allows for guardianship of children, but does not recognize our concept of adoption. Proceeding with further such placements would violate Canada’s obligations under The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

Prospective parents whose cases were in progress should be contacted by the Mission in Islamabad regarding the status of their application.

Other related inquiries should be directed to the responsible adoption agency and/or provincial/territorial Central Adoption Authority.

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