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, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Permanency type Number of orders granted

Adoption

211

Private Guardianship

181

Quarterly updates are available on Open Alberta. 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.

Licensed adoptions granted April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Licensed adoption agency Number of adoptions

Adoption By Choice

11

Adoption Options

47

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

6

Small Miracles Adoption

7

Total

71

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.

Private adoptions granted April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Type of private adoption Number of adoptions

Spousal/Step-parent

120

Relative

20

Private direct placement

15

Total

137

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.

International adoptions by country April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Country Number of adoptions

Bulgaria

1

Cameroon

6

Colombia

1

Ghana

1

Haiti

5

India

8

Jamaica

3

Lithuania

2

Nigeria

10

Philippines

12

Romania

1

South Africa

6

Taiwan

2

Uganda

1

Ukraine

2

United Kingdom

1

United States

7

Zambia

1

Total

70

Contact

Connect with Alberta Adoption Services with questions or comments.