Pursuing Intercountry Adoption
In an intercountry adoption, Adoption Options acts as the local agency preparing all of the documents required to create the dossier. Adoption Options partners with facilitating agencies who provide the “in-country” portion of the adoption services.
Initial Meeting & Application Appointment
At this appointment the agency’s policies and procedures will be explained and questions will be answered. You will be able to open your application at that time. This appointment is usually 2 hours in length.
Adoption Options provides a mandatory two day education seminar for prospective adoptive parent(s) that provides detailed information on the adoption process. Topics include trans-racial adoption, loss, attachment, country specific information, citizenship, resources and post adoption parenting.
Manitoba law requires all prospective adoptive parent(s) to undergo a homestudy to determine their suitability, capability and willingness to parent a child. A social worker will conduct a series of personal interviews and complete this portion of the application. There are several requirements for the homestudy including criminal record checks, child abuse registry checks, prior contact checks, medicals and references.
Adoption Options helps to provide all the information required for the necessary documents to be assembled and prepared. Upon approval Adoption Options ensures that all requirements of the specific country are met. Adoption Options forwards the complete dossier to the Manitoba Provincial Authority and on to our facilitating agencies in order for the dossier to be authenticated prior to being sent to the country.
Adoption Options receives and presents the child referral from the country to prospective adoptive parent(s) and assists in the process leading up to traveling to the child’s country. The facilitating agency works with the adoptive family to make travel and placement arrangements.
Post Placement Reports
Adoption Options will ensure that intercountry requirements for post placement reports are fulfilled.
Manitoba residents must use a Manitoba agency for intercountry adoptions. The facilitating agency may be located out of province, but the application must be made through a Manitoba agency.
It is important to note that the status of intercountry adoption programs can change frequently and programs will open and close or requirements from the country may change without notice.
AO can only work with countries where the adoption is finalized in that country. Adoptions that are finalized in Canada must be completed by CFS, for example the Philippines.
Adoption Options currently has intercountry programs with the following countries:
- Bulgaria, facilitating agency Loving Heart International Adoption Agency
- China – Waiting Child Program, facilitating agency The Children’s Bridge
- Guyana, facilitating agency Cornerstone Adoption Agency
- Haiti, facilitating agency TDH Ontario
- India, facilitating agency Cornerstone Adoption Agency
- Lithuania, facilitating agency Loving Heart International Adoption Agency
- South Africa, facilitating agency Family By Adoption
- United States (Florida), facilitating agency Adoption By Shepherd Care
For More Information
- Download the Intercountry Information Booklet
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions for Intercountry Adoption
- Attend a Free Information Evening
If you have any further questions please contact Dawn Warkentin, Intercountry Adoption Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-774-0511 ext 202.