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General Adoption Information

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are three different types of adoption that prospective adoptive parents can pursue: public, private and international.

Newfoundland’s Department of Child, Youth and Family Services has an Adoption Services Program that finds permanent homes for children available for adoption. Social workers match children relinquished for adoption or who are in the continuous custody of the Director of Child, Youth and Family Services with adoptive parents. The program also approves applications to adopt a child from other Canadian provinces and territories and foreign countries.

At present, there are no licensed private adoption agencies, but this type of adoption can still be arranged. In most cases, expectant parents making an adoption plan for their child know the adoptive family prior to placement. In order for this adoption to occur, the adoptive family must have a home study completed and be approved by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Director of Adoption. Birth parents can also work with the Department of Health and Community Services and choose an adoptive family from profiles of approved waiting families.

Families in Newfoundland and Labrador can also adopt internationally. There are no licensed adoption agencies in the province but this type of adoption can still be arranged with the assistance of the Department of Health and Community Services and an out of province licensed adoption agency.

Province Notes

For more information about adoption in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit the Department of Youth and Child Services


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