Sponsoring a child for adoption
Verifying your eligibility to sponsor a child you wish to adopt
Authorization by the Secrétariat aux services internationaux à l’enfant
You must have obtained the agreement of the Secrétariat aux services internationaux à l’enfant (SASIE) to adopt the child.
If SASIE gives its agreement, it will send a letter of non-opposition to the Ministère de l’immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (Ministry). You will receive an invitation from the Ministry to submit an undertaking application for the child you want to adopt.
If you submit an undertaking application to sponsor a child to be adopted without having received an invitation from the Ministry to do so, your application will be returned to you.
Confirmation from the Government of Canada of your eligibility as a guarantor
You must first have submitted a sponsorship application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) , and have received a letter or an email from the IRCC indicating that you are eligible to sponsor a person.
If you have already made a sponsorship undertaking or undertakings, you must demonstrate that:
- You have honoured your financial obligations;
- If applicable, you have repaid to the Gouvernement du Québec or another province any sum that was disbursed to this person as last resort financial assistance (social assistance).
Offence against the person
You must not have been convicted, in Canada or abroad, of murder or an offence provided for in Schedule I or II of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act , particularly:
- A sexual offence;
- An attempt or threat to commit a sexual offence;
- An offence causing bodily harm;
- An attempt or threat of offence causing bodily harm.
If you have been convicted of any of these offences, you must have been acquitted as a last resort or rehabilitated or have finished serving your sentence at least five years before submitting your application.
Last update: November 23, 2023