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Christian Adoption Services assists many couples each year with their International Adoption. 

CAS' role in your adoption is to assist you through the approval process.  Final approval comes from the Alberta government.  They will direct you to attend training and get a home study; these are the services we can provide.   vriend

Christian Adoption Services offers a Preparation for International Adoption workshop. The workshop teaches families how to proceed with an International Adoption, and how to meet the special requirements of parenting an internationally adopted child.

Families must complete a home study. Families must then prepare a dossier, usually with the help of a coordinator, which is the package of documents that is sent to your country. The rules around international adoption depend upon whether or not the country you've selected is a member of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption.  The Alberta government has published a helpful guidebook to outline some of these differences.  Click here to see the guidebook.

Countries that work well change from month to month.  It is the applicant's responsibilty to ensure that they meet the requirements of their chosen country.  Expenses are high, usually well over $25,000, with a large portion being the legal and travel costs.

It is important to keep in mind that all international adoptions are considered special needs adoptions.  These children have had multiple loses, including a loss of culture, language, and country, on top of losing their first family. Often times this is compounded by additional historical trauma, neglect and or exposure to various substances prenatally. There is often little or limited information on the child's history, and the quality and quantity of the information will vary based on the child's circumstances and country of origin.

Families should research countries that work well for couples in Alberta and talk to other families who have adopted overseas.  We will try to match you up with a family who has recently been through an adoption from your country, if at all possible.