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.

Orders granted April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Adoption orders: 225

Private guardianship (children with PGO/PGA status only): 178

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 1. Adoptions granted April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Licensed adoption agency Number of adoptions

Adoption By Choice

19

Adoption Options

34

AMARIS Adoption and Family Support Services (formerly Christian Adoption Services)

13

Small Miracles Adoption

1

Total

67

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 2. Adoptions granted April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Type of private adoption Number of adoptions

Spousal/Step-parent

120

Relative

37

Private direct placement

20

Total

177

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.

By country

Table 3. International adoptions by country

Country Number of adoptions

Bosnia and Herzegovina

2

Bulgaria

1

Cameroon

1

China

4

Colombia

2

Djibouti

1

Ethiopia

2

Guinea

2

Haiti

4

India

12

Iran

1

Nigeria

3

Philippines

4

Somalia

3

South Africa

2

Thailand

1

United States

9

Total

54

Contact

To connect with Alberta Adoption Services:

Phone: 780-422-0178
Fax: 780-427-2048
Email: cs.adoptionservices@gov.ab.ca

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Address:
Children’s Services
Adoption Services
10th Floor, Sterling Place
9940 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2N2