Notice – Information for prospective parents adopting from China

October 9, 2008 — A Canadian adoption agency is encouraging parents who have recently adopted a child from China to have their child tested for kidney damage as milk contaminated with melamine has been found in that country. Parents sponsoring adoptive children for immigration to Canada should be aware of the following information.

There are two ways for an adopted child to come to Canada: as a citizen or as an immigrant.

If you are applying for citizenship for your adopted child, you are not required to have your child complete medical examinations. However, Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommends that prospective adoptive parents have their child medically examined by a reliable medical practitioner. If you are concerned that your child may have been exposed to melamine, you may want to consider asking the doctor to conduct relevant tests.

The medical examination for immigration does not normally involve testing for conditions resulting from melamine exposure. If you are sponsoring your adopted child as an immigrant and would like your child to have those tests, you should ask the doctor examining your child.

Note: if your child shows symptoms of melamine poisoning, he or she will still be eligible for citizenship or permanent residence in Canada.

For current information about milk contamination in China, check the websites of the World Health Organization and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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