Saskatchewan is changing the province’s adoption rules, in large part to protect kids from child traffickers.
Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says the proposed changes would mean the rules would apply to all countries regardless of whether that country has signed onto The Hague Convention.
The Hague Convention outlines a process to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of the child.
Harpauer says Saskatchewan is seeing more requests from people who want to adopt from countries that have not signed the Hague Convention.
The changes would also give a child over the age of six more of a voice in court and increase the number of days for birth parents to revoke their consent to an adoption to 21 from 14.
The change would also alter how adult adoptees and birth parents can access identifying information from the adoptee’s birth registration.