Part of Adoption

Adoption statistics

See statistics for different types of adoption in Alberta.

Adoption and private guardianship orders

The statistics included here show Adoption and Private Guardianship Orders granted for children who were in the permanent care of Children’s Services.

Table 1. Orders granted April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Permanency type Number of orders granted
Adoption 158
Private Guardianship 266

Read the quarterly updates. Adoption and Private Guardianship numbers are featured in the permanency Outcomes Table.

Licensed agency adoptions

Adoptions may be facilitated by any of the non-government, non-profit agencies that have been granted the authority to arrange private adoptions in Alberta. Birth parents may choose to place their child for adoption through a licensed adoption agency. These children do not have any legal status with the ministry.

Table 2. Licensed adoptions granted April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Licensed adoption agency Number of adoptions
A Small Miracle Adoption 16
Adoption Options 21
AMARIS Adoption and Family Support Services 8
Total 45

Private adoptions

The following statistics are adoptions of children by the spouse of the child’s biological parent, a relative, or through a private direct placement. These children are not in government care.

Table 3. Private adoptions granted April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Type of private adoption Number of adoptions
Spousal or step-parent 113
Relative 15
Private direct placement 33
Total 161

International adoptions

Adoptions of children from other countries are managed by Children’s Services and are completed with the involvement of licensed adoption agencies and adoption coordinators.

Table 4. International adoptions by country April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Country Number of adoptions
Brazil 1
Cameroon 2
Colombia 4
Ethiopia 5
Haiti 1
India 8
Jamaica 1
Nigeria 5
South Africa 1
South Korea 1
South Sudan 1
St. Vincent 2
Thailand 4
United Kingdom 1
United States of America 4
Total 41


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