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Rwanda Program

Program Manager: Karyn Bakelaar

Tel: 613-226-2112 Ext. 231

General Information:
  • Rwanda has recently fully ratified The Hague convention and is now re-opened to a limited number of adoption files.
  • The Children’s Bridge works with a qualified attorney and under the Rwandan National Commission for Children (NCC) to complete adoptions from Rwanda.
  • Most children will be 18-months+ at time of adoption.
  • Adoption is finalized in Rwanda with the adoptive family present at the final Adoption hearing.
  • Children will maintain dual citizenship.
  • Time from dossier submission to receiving a proposed match is approximately 12 – 24 months.
  • Children with special needs are also available to be placed in this adoption program (HIV, Hepatitis, etc.)
  • Rwanda requires annual post-placement reports until the child reaches the age of eighteen (18 years old).
  • Both married couples and single women are eligible to adopt from Rwanda.
  • Same-sex and common-law families are not eligible to adopt from Rwanda at this time.
  • Applicants must be free from criminal record. Applicants will not be accepted if any past crimes relate to offenses against a child, domestic violence, and/or other crimes against humanity.
  • Any person who has been denied the right to parent a child in the past or had rights terminated by the courts are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years old once their dossier reaches Rwanda. There must be a 7-year age difference between the child to be adopted and the youngest member of the adopting couple.
  • Applicants must be in good physical and emotional health.
  • Applicants must be persons of good integrity, as proven through their home study and supporting documentation.
  • Applicants must have a permanent, fixed address.
  • Family must possess a stable financial portfolio.
  • At least one member of the couple must be a Canadian citizen.
  • Completion of home study and approval in province.
  • Dossier compiled, then notarized and authenticated (Foreign Affairs/Rwanda High Commission)
  • File delivered to NCC by attorney in Rwanda.
  • Families receive their referral approximately 12 – 18 months after dossier accepted by NCC.
  • Both parents must travel to Rwanda following Ministry approval and various clearances in Rwanda.
  • Families attend Adoption hearing in Rwanda.
  • Stay in Rwanda is approximately 2 – 3 weeks in duration, and families must then travel to Nairobi to complete immigration. Trip will be approximately 5 days in duration. Completion of annual post placement reports is required. Families must complete official name change and citizenship process upon return to Canada.
  • Wait for child proposal is 18 – 24 months.
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