I’ve done the necessary paperwork, I’m a citizen or permanent resident of good standing, and I went through a reputable adoption agency. Why is my adoption taking so long?
Intercountry adoption is a complex process. Canadian families planning to adopt a child in another country should understand that, even under ideal conditions, the process will take time. Depending on the child’s country of origin, it is not unusual for the entire process to take two years or even longer.
Intercountry adoption procedures established by IRCC are intended to protect the child. These include evidence that the biological parents have given their free and informed consent to the adoption before it takes place, and confirmation that the adoption is in accordance with the laws of both countries.
In some parts of the world, child trafficking is a serious concern, and documentation is non-existent or unreliable, or there is evidence of wrongdoing in the adoption system or limited infrastructure to support the protection of children. In these cases, we must do additional verifications to ensure the child was not taken from, or sold by, their biological parents.
Answers others found useful
- Can I adopt a child from countries experiencing armed conflict or natural disasters?
- How long will the adoption process take?
- Will my child automatically have a right to a Canadian passport once he or she gets citizenship?
- Do the criteria for permanent residence and for a grant of citizenship differ for adopted children?
- Should I apply for permanent residence for my adopted child, rather than Canadian citizenship?
- I have applied for permanent residence for my adopted child. Is it too late to apply for citizenship instead?
How to video
Form and guide
- Date Modified: