Adoption provides a stable, loving and permanent home to a child or youth.

Adoption is a provincially regulated program. Alberta's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act indicates that in order for an applicant to be eligible to apply for adoption in Alberta, they must be a resident of Alberta at the time of application, approval and placement.

If you do not live in Alberta, contact the adoption authorities in the province or territory in which you currently reside to inquire about local adoption resources available to you.


You don’t have to share their genes to be their family

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Adopt a child in government care

Right now, there are a lot of children and youth in government care who need a home.

Adopt a child with special needs who is not able to live with their biological family and is in the permanent care of Children’s Services.

Learn more about how you can adopt a child in government care and contact Alberta Adoption Services.

Download and share our adoption awareness poster (PDF, 555 KB) and learn more about how government is making adoption more affordable.

Other types of adoption

Adopt a child of a spouse or relative, or adopt a child through a private direct placement or licensed adoption agency.
Albertans can apply to adopt a child who lives in another country.

Feature adoption profile

  • Wednesday's child feature adoption profile


    Rollen, born in 2015, is an affectionate and loving youngster with dark blond hair and blue eyes.

    Featured on CTV News on September 20, 2023.

    View video and full profile.

The Wednesday’s Child program features some of the children in Alberta who are ready to be adopted.

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