Adoption Process - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Adoption Process

Adoption is a wonderful and accepted way to form and expand families. Making the decision to pursue adoption is a life changing one. It is a path that will affect you and your family in profound ways. As with any major life decision, it is a journey best taken with eyes wide open, and after careful consideration of your readiness, motivation, and ability to commit whole-heartedly to the path ahead. Training, especially for adoptive parents of special needs children, is essential. Children are matched for adoption with families who are trained and approved by Alberta Children’s Services.

Some of the children who are no longer able to live with their biological families, and are, therefore, in the permanent care of Alberta Children’s Services are ready to be adopted. These children all have special needs. The needs include being part of a sibling group that needs to stay together, children who are between eight and eighteen years of age and children who have medical, physical, developmental, learning or emotional problems. The Information Sheets Applying to Adopt and Requirements for Approval to Adopt, provide more details about Adoption Eligibility and Requirements.

For some of these special needs children, we use the media to find adoptive families. You will be able to access information about children through the Wednesday’s Child Television Program, Adoption Website Profiles, newspapers and newsletters.

Alberta Children’s Services uses adoption caseworkers from Child and Family Services office and Delegated First Nation Agencies to place children for adoption. Caseworkers complete all the legal work for an Adoption Order free of charge to adoptive families.

The Supports for Permanency Program is available to support adoption of children who were in the permanent care of Alberta Children’s Services.

Adoptions – First Step

Complete the Application to Adopt a Child. This form can also be obtained from your local Child and Family Services office or Delegated First Nation Agencies.

The process to thoroughly review Alberta families who have submitted inquiries on behalf of specific children does take time to complete. Families must undergo the Orientation for Caregivers training and have a Home Study Report completed and approved. The Home Study Report will be reviewed by a caseworker of the children they have identified in their original inquiry. The entire process could take from three to six months to complete.

Contact Information for Alberta Adoption Services

Children’s Services
Adoption Services
10th Floor, Sterling Place
9940-106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

Telephone: 780‑422‑0178
Fax: 780‑427‑2048

Information About Foster Care

Foster parents are a valuable resource for Alberta Children’s Services and for the children who are waiting for adoption. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, as well as in adoption, please contact the Child and Family Services office or Delegated First Nation Agencies nearest to you.

Government Adoption Process Links

Modified: 2018-12-03
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