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, please contact the adoption authorities in the province or territory in which you currently reside to inquire about local adoption resources available to you.
Types of adoption
In Alberta, there are 3 types of adoption. Select the type below to obtain more information:
- Adoption of an Alberta Child in Care: You may access the Profile Look-up or the Wednesday’s Child to view profiles of some of the children who are available for adoption through Alberta Children’s Services
- Private adoption: Spousal/Step-Parent, Relative, Private Direct, Licensed Agency
- International adoption: Adoption of children from outside Canada
Other adoption program information
Other related programs
Private Guardianship: for children who have permanent status with Alberta Children’s Services
Foster Care: temporary caregiver for child in care
Adult Adoption: Adoption of a person in Alberta 18 years of age or older
Post Adoption Registry: Information about adoptions that have been granted in Alberta
Foster care records: Historical Information for persons who were in the care of Alberta Children’s Services as a child.