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In Canada, adoption comes under provincial or territorial jurisdiction. The following sites will give you much of the information that you might want to find about Adoption in your province.

Intercountry Adoptions Immigration Canada for agency to go through for certain countries from Ontario (another useful site)

Inter-country adoption (also called international adoption) is a process that recognizes an individual or couple as the legal and permanent parent(s) of a child from another country. An inter-country adoption complies with the laws of both the sending and receiving countries.
For all inter-country adoptions, you must complete two separate processes:

  1. The adoption process; and
  2. The immigration or citizenship process.

In Canada, adoption comes under provincial or territorial jurisdiction. To be eligible to adopt a child, you must meet the adoption requirements of:

Resources & Bibliography


Patricia Irwin Johnston Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families Kindle Version

General Sites The Adoption Council of Canada is your definitive source for information and links to current provincial guidelines. Website of Adoption Counsel of Canada Ontario Adoption Council excellent site for information on adoption and newsletters searching for adoption records in Ontario

RootsWeb's Guide toTracing Family Trees

Secrecy and the Right to Know

Cheskes et al versus Ontario (Attorney General)


Richard Hill story in Finding Family My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, $9.99 Canadian Kindle Edition Introduction to story in videos found at

Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing Kindle Edition, CDN$ $1.10 from amazon or go on  and get it free by subscribing to an newsletter

Three DNA Companies to look into

  1. $100 (Most international of three)
  2.   $200
  3. $100

May not be available yet in Canada

What DNA Test Should I Take?

See also

Another good book: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner, Tracing Your Roots with DNA Using Genetic Tests to Explore your Family Tree

Orphans Young Immigrants to Canada  Canadian British Home Children Ragged Schools Orphan Train searching for adoption records in Ontario - There are many volunteer searchers across Canada, both independent and belonging to volunteer organizations such as Origins Canada and Parent Finders. If you wish to contact a search-angel, join these organizations and it’s possible that someone can help you.

Interacial Adoptions

The Sixties Scoop:

The Law


Ontario Statues