NOTICE from BC’s Director of Adoption
RE: JAPAN Program

It is my pleasure to inform you that the suspension for British Columbia families adopting from Japan has been lifted effective today, May 13, 2019.

Thank you for your patience and understanding over the previous year as the British Columbia (BC) government has worked collaboratively with the Canadian federal government and our counterparts in Japan to reach a resolution regarding the areas of concern identified with intercountry adoptions from Japan.

In answer to the concerns raised a strengthened birth parent consent document and entrustment document were created by the BC government and reviewed by the federal government. The BC government has now been provided with assurances from the federal government that these documents are robust enough for the pause on the processing of Visa applications to be lifted.

The BC government is in the process of working with the intercountry authorized adoption agency in Japan, Baby Life, to implement the strengthened documents into the intercountry adoption program moving forward. The first steps will be to utilize the new strengthened program to process the dossiers currently in Japan with Baby Life.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your application to adopt from Japan please contact your licensed adoption agency.

We look forward to continuing to work with Japan in the spirit of cooperation and best interest of children.


Renaa Bacy
Provincial Director of Adoption