Adult Adoption

Applicants who use this legislation may include:

  • parents who have raised a child as foster parents, but who were never able to adopt the child, and now all parties wish to formalize the relationship; or
  • step parents who were unable to adopt a child with whom they have formed a close relationship, and now all parties all wish to formalize the relationship; or
  • adult adoptees who have been reconnected with their birth family, and now all parties wish to formalize the relationship.

The Self Help Kit for Adult Adoption is also available through the Queen’s Printer.

Can an adult be adopted?
Yes, under the Adult Adoption Act which came into effect January 1, 1995, an adult can be adopted in Alberta.

Is there a residency requirement?
Yes, the petitioner must be a resident of Alberta.

Is there a residency clause for the adoptee?
No, but the adoptee must be 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen or lawfully admitted to Canada.

Does a former parent or guardian have to consent to the adoption?
No. Once an adoptee is 18 years of age or older, no other consent is considered necessary, other than their own.

For more information, please contact the Post Adoption Registry.

Created:
Modified: 2013-04-24
PID: 14991