Private International Adoption - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Private International Adoption

What is it?

In the context of International Adoption, to adopt privately means the adoptive parents are responsible for arranging the adoption directly with the child’s country of origin, according to the legislation of that country. In addition, the adoptive parents must finalize the adoption and obtain the adoption order in the child’s country of origin.

Two Types of Private International Adoption

  1. Private Non-Relative Adoption refers to the adoption of a child where there is no biological affiliation between the adoptive parents and the child.
  2. Private Relative Adoption refers to the adoption of a child where there is a biological affiliation between the adoptive parents and the child (e.g. grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.)

Children Available for Private International Adoption

Fewer countries are allowing Private International Adoption. Note: In those countries where the Hague Convention has been implemented, Private Adoption is not possible.

Adopting a child from another country is extremely complex and programs change as the requirements of the countries of origin change. In light of this, Alberta Adoption Services has developed the International Adoption Guidebook for Alberta Families to ensure Alberta families are aware of the risks involved and the challenges they may face when adopting a child from another country. It is a printable guidebook and a valuable tool for adoptive families considering an international adoption.

If you have any questions or comments on Private International Adoption, send us a message or call 780‑422‑0178 (for toll free access in Alberta call 310‑0000).

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Modified: 2018-01-23
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