Hong Kong Adoptions

Intercountry adoptions are facilitated by International Social Service Hong Kong Branch (ISSHK). Under Hong Kong’s adoption law, the Central Authority prioritizes placing children with families of
the same cultural or ethnic background to minimize cultural challenges and adjustment problems. The
Central Authority will only consider intercountry adoption for children for whom options in Hong Kong
are not available.

Adoptive Parents


To be eligible to adopt from Hong Kong, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Singles and couples age 25 years and up who are married or in a common-law relationship. Maximum age is flexible, depending on age of the child to be adopted;

  • Singles must have sufficient child care experience and a strong support network;

  • You must have been married for at least 3 years;

  •  Hong Kong does not recognize same sex marriages;

  • At least one adoptive parent must be a Citizen of Canada;

  • Both parents must be residents in British Columbia;

  • There is no limit to how many children the adoptive parents have in the home;

  • You must have a minimum of a high school education;

  • You must have no criminal record;

  • You must be in good physical and mental health; and

  • Be in a good financial situation.




Children from 1 - 15 years of age with special placement needs can be adopted. Special placement needs may include medial health needs, mental health needs or birth family issues. Some waiting children have moderate to severe special needs such as Thalassemia or Down Syndrome, and some children over the age of 8 years who have no identified medical issues.

The children in Hong Kong receive extensive medical care, are very well cared for, live in well-maintained foster homes and are in need of adoption due to special needs. The children are under the guardianship of the Social Welfare Department of Hong Kong.

All children adopted from Hong Kong are considered to have special placements needs. Generally they are:

  • Older children (ie. aged 3 or above)

  • Children having unfavourable family backgrounds;

  • Children having some kind of special needs due to their health or developmental conditions; and

  • Majority are males


​​Relative Adoption

We currently assist adoptive parents that are wanting to adopt a relative from Hong Kong.


Important Information 

As Hong Kong is part of the Hague Adoption Convention the adoption will be finalized in British Columbia approximately 6 months after the child is placed in their care.

Only accepting of applications from residents of British Columbia.

For more information about Hong Kong adoptions, please contact our office.