Parents' Ages

In order to adopt a child, at least one applicant must be 25 years old, and both parents must be no more than 50 years older than the child.

Marriage Status

Couples must be married a minimum of 1 year at the time of application (can apply at 1 year and submit dossier at 18 months); Referral only after 2 years of marriage. Single applicants are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Divorce

Permitted, but a maximum of two per spouse. (AWAA restriction)

Children in Family

Families that become pregnant during the adoption process will be required to suspend the process until their child is 6 months old.

Income

Families must be able to show they can adequately provide financially for their children. A family’s income and full financial status will be evaluated as part of the adoption process.

Criminal History

Criminal records for minor incidents, which are at least 10 years old, will be reviewed on a case-by- case basis. No multiple offenses.

Medical History

Medications and mental health diagnoses, treatment, and medications (e.g., antidepressants, anti-anxiety) are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Eligibility is determined by review of a doctor's letter detailing the normal issues: diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, effect on life expectancy, and ability to parent by adoption.

Travel to Country

Both parents must travel on the first trip. Only one parent must return for the second trip. The duration of the first trip is typically 5 - 7 days. The second trip is typically 3 - 5 days.

Processing Time

Dossier submission through arriving home with child is dependent upon child request. Approximate referral timeframe for ages 0-5 years is 48-60 months from dossier submission to referral. The wait time is showing a trend of increasing and we expect even longer wait times for new families starting the process. Families adopting older children, particularly over age 7, would have a shorter wait time.