There are a number of cases in which you may want to adopt an adult when all parties wish to formalize the relationship, including:

  • parents who have raised a child as foster parents, but were never able to adopt the child
  • step parents who were unable to adopt a child with whom they have formed a close relationship
  • adult adoptees who have been reconnected with their birth family

The Adult Adoption kit was designed with detailed instructions so that applicants may complete an application without the assistance of a lawyer. However, the Post Adoption Registry does not provide legal advice.


The petitioner must be a resident of Alberta.

The adoptee must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • a Canadian citizen or lawfully admitted to Canada

Once an adoptee is 18 years of age or older, no other consent is needed, other than their own.


$250 to submit the application to the Court of Queen’s Bench.

How to apply

Step 1. Complete the application package

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Use the Self Help Kit for Adult Adoption to complete an application.

The kit is also available through the Queen’s Printer, or you could call our office to have one e-mailed to you free of charge.

Step 2. Deliver the completed package

Take the completed package, documentation and application fee of $250 to the office of the Clerk of the Court of Queen’s Bench in the judicial centre chosen on your application. The list of locations is in the Self Help Kit for Adult Adoption.

The Post Adoption Registry does not accept Adult Adoption applications as these must be submitted to the Court of Queen’s Bench directly.


The Post Adoption Registry or court clerk can help answer any questions you have about the application package.

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-6387
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]