On the 12-th April 1994 Canada signed the Hague Convention for Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, ratified it on 19th December 1996 and the Convention became effective on 1st June 1997.

Pursuant to art. 6 of the Hague Convention, the Canadian Central Authority is the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. On its part and pursuant to art. 45 of the Convention, the ministry has delegated its rights to the respective bodies in the autonomous provinces.

International adoption in Canada is possible only if the applicants with permanent residence in Canada use licensed Canadian adoption agencies or a provincial government Children’s Ministry.These organizations are non-profit legal bodies, which have received adoption agency licenses from the respective provincial central authority.

Both Canadian citizens and persons with permanent residence in Canada can adopt. At the moment of submitting the application for international adoption, the Canadian prospective parent should be at least 19 years old.

The assessment of the prospective adoptive parents for national as well as for international adoption is carried out by a social worker from the provincial adoption agency. When a positive homestudy assessment report has been prepared, the Central authority issues permission for adoption (the letter pursuant to art. 15 of the Hague Convention). This permissions are given to the Canadian adoption agency, which maintains contact between the adoptive applicants and the Bulgarian adoption mediation agency.

When the child proposal of the country of origin is accepted bythe Canadian prospective parents, the provincial central authority sends the letter pursuant to art. 15 of the Hague Convention telecharger musique gratuit to the Canadian Embassy in the respective country of origin of the child in order to start the procedure for acquisition of Canadian citizenship. After the adoption is finalized, all documents from the child’s country of origin, which prove the finalization of the procedure, are sent to the respective Canadian Embassy for the purposes of issuing a visa for the child.

Adoption effected in another country is fully recognized in Canada and by virtue of the Bulgarian court judgement, the child acquires Canadian citizenship. The blood relations with the birth family are interrupted and with the new family new relations and rights are acquired as in the case of blood relationship.


Since 2007, on the territory of Canada, ANIDO collaborates with:
Suite 102 - 171 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7M 3J9
Telephone: 604-984-2488
Toll free within Canada 1-888-984-2488
Fax: 604-984-2498
Executive Director of Sunrise – Douglas R. Chalke


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Intercountry Adoption Council sessions

This section contains information on the referrals (proposals) made by the IAC. This is the body within the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice, which makes the referrals.

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