Choose one of these two options:
Adopting a relative child who lives in British Columbia or another province in Canada
This information is for families who are adopting a relative child born in Canada.
There are 3 important things to know:
If the relative child lives in British Columbia you do not need a homestudy. Please contact us and we can advise you on the process in British Columbia.
If the child lives in a province other than British Columbia you can bring the child to B.C. without a homestudy. Please contact us and we can advise you on the process in British Columbia.
If the child is between 7 and 11 years of age you are required to obtain a report for the Supreme Court about the Child's View of the Adoption. Sunrise can prepare this report for you.
Adopting a relative child who lives outside of Canada
This information is for families who reside in British Columbia and who wish to adopt a relative child residing in another country. If you are a resident of British Columbia, prior to taking any steps to complete an adoption of a relative, it is very important that you consult Sunrise or a Canadian immigration lawyer or immigration consultant who is familiar with intercountry adoption.
If you could be considered a resident in British Columbia, and choose to complete an adoption in the child's country of origin, before ensuring you have complied with the adoption laws in British Columbia, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada may deny the child entry into Canada. It is essential that you contact Sunrise or a Canadian immigration lawyer prior to commencing any adoption proceedings in the child's country of origin.
Sunrise can assist you in determining what process you should follow to complete an adoption of a child who is related to you and living outside of Canada. If the country is a signatory to the Hague Adoption Convention, Sunrise will also help you with the complex requirements of this Convention.
If your relative child is an orphan (the birth parents are deceased), there are special rules in Canada that apply to the child in this situation.