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Whether you are an American citizen living overseas, or are a Canadian resident, American Adoptions and our fully qualified staff would be happy to assist you in your adoption journey.

Our agency has worked with couples from Canada and across the globe. We have provided adoption services to American citizens living overseas, military families stationed outside of the United States and other international couples who have begun their overseas adoption journey with American Adoptions.

If you are currently living in Canada and wish to adopt a child from the United States, there are specific requirements that must be met to complete your adoption, including a valid home study, proper legal representation and citizenship requirements. For more information on internationally adopting a child from the United States, please visit our International Couples page.

If you are an American family currently living abroad due to a military assignment, please visit our Military Families page for more information on how we can assist you in your adoption journey.

For more information on what requirements must be met in Canada for intercountry adoptions, please contact your local adoption authority:

In Canada, the various provinces are responsible for setting and administering adoption policies and procedures. The following Canadian government office and Web site provide contact information for federal and provincial adoption authorities, who can provide specific information on adoption in Canada:

Government of Canada

Human Resources Development Canada
Inter-country Adoption Services Unit
Child, Family and Community Division
Tel.: (819) 997-1562
Fax: (819) 953-1115


Information available through these links is the sole property of the companies and organizations listed therein. American Adoptions, Inc. provides this information as a courtesy and is in no way responsible for its content or accuracy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions accepts a limited number of families into our gender-specific program. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn whether we are currently accepting families into this program. With this option, families pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criterion. This fee is in addition to other program fees and covers additional advertising. The fee is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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