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, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Permanency type Number of orders granted
Adoption 194
Private Guardianship 282

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, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Licensed adoption agency Number of adoptions
A Small Miracle Adoption 11
Adoption Options 40
AMARIS Adoption and Family Support Services 6
Total 57

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, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Type of private adoption Number of adoptions
Spousal or step-parent 83
Relative 14
Private direct placement 18
Total 115

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, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Country Number of adoptions
Colombia 2
Ghana 4
Guinea 2
Haiti 7
Honduras 1
India 4
Moldova 1
Nigeria 6
Philippines 2
Sierra Leone 4
South Africa 5
South Korea 1
Sri Lanka 1
Thailand 6
Uganda 1
Ukraine 1
United States 1
Total 49


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