Inter-Country Adoption Process

What is Gentle Path Counselling Services?

Gentle Path Counselling Services Ltd (GPCSL) is authorized, not licensed, by the New Brunswick Minister of Social Development to perform specific tasks related to Intercountry Adoption. Gentle Path Counselling Services Ltd entered into a Service Purchase with the New Brunswick Minister of Social Development on January 9, 2009 to assist applicants who are interested in pursuing an International Adoption in New Brunswick.

*Gentle Path Counselling Services Ltd* is located in Saint John NB and can be reached by telephone at 506-652-7284 or by email

Here are the services offered

  • GPCSL provides the mandatory INFO/TRAINING sessions for all intercountry applicants in New Brunswick.
  • GPCSL provides help and support to applicants completing their forms and questionnaires towards the realization of their Home Study Report.
  • GPCSL assigns an Adoption Practitioner (S.A.F.E. Home Study Certified) to complete the applicant’s required Home Study Report.
  • GPCSL completes the mandatory Yearly Home Study Updates for all applicants who wish to have their application remain open when a placement has not been made within twelve months of the original date of approval or the timeframe specified by the country of origin if required more frequently. Please Note: In the Province of New Brunswick, the notice of approval expires 12 months from the effective date of approval.
  • GPCSL assigns an Adoption Practitioner to present/review the Child proposal with the Prospective Adoptive Parents.
  • GPCSL provides the necessary Post Placement Services for court purposes if the child’s International adoption is not finalized in the country of origin.

Post Placement Reports – Upon request of the Prospective Adoptive parents, GPCSL will complete Post Placement Reports that may be required by country of origin.

Pertinent information

  • When a New Brunswick family decides to adopt internationally, they often acquire the assistance of an approved external licensed agency in Canada to help them with the adoption proceedings. Please note: The Province of New Brunswick does not license or approve these agencies but does work closely with them at the request of the New Brunswick families.
  • If a family wants to adopt in the United States, they need to work with an outgoing Hague approved agency.
  • The New Brunswick Adoption Consultant/Provincial Central Authority reviews all Inter-country adoptive applicants dossiers to ensure that applicants meet the requirements of both provincial and country of choice, approve/refuse as required, accepts and reviews child proposals from countries of origin and ensures that Inter-country adoption activities in New Brunswick are in accordance with the Inter-country Adoption Act