Overview

There are 2 methods of private adoption:

  • Direct placement, spousal/step-parent or relative adoption
  • Licensed adoption agencies

The adoption process can take between 2 to 6 months from the time you start until an adoption order is granted.

Direct placement, spousal/step-parent or relative adoption

Use this process if:

  • you are interested in adopting the child of a spouse or relative (for example, grandchild, niece, nephew, great niece or nephew)
  • there is a privately made agreement to place a child between birth and adoptive families who know each other and are making their own arrangements

Licensed adoption agencies

Use this process if you wish to adopt a child through a private licensed adoption agency in Alberta.

Eligibility

To adopt a child, you must:

  • be an Alberta resident
  • be at least 18 years old
  • demonstrate financial and domestic stability

Cost

If you make the arrangements yourself, you can expect to pay:

  • charges for photocopying documents
  • fees to obtain some of the documents
  • fees to file the documents with the Court
  • costs to serve the documents

The fee to file documents with the Court, for one or more children in the family, is approximately $250.00.

If you use the services of a lawyer or a licensed adoption agency to assist you, you will be charged for their services.

Sometimes, you may need to get a Home Study Report. You can expect to pay approximately $3000.00 for a Home Study Report through a licensed adoption agency.

How to apply

Step 1. Choose an application process

If you are applying to adopt through direct placement, spousal/step-parent or relative adoption, follow the steps below.

If you want to adopt through a licensed adoption agency, see the list of licensed adoption agencies.

Step 2. Fill out the Adoption Self-Help Kit

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Adoption Self-Help Kit (PDF, 556 KB)

The kit provides detailed information on completing the forms and on preparing the supporting documents you will need to include in your Application for Adoption Order.

You can also purchase the kit from the Queen’s Printer.

Step 3. File your application with the Court of Queen’s Bench

Find a Court of Queen’s Bench and file your adoption application there, along with all supporting documents.

You will need to pay the $250 filing fee.

Step 4. Serve notice of your application

You will need to personally serve the Application for Adoption Order to:

  • the child’s current guardian(s) other than you
  • the biological father of the child
  • if you are the sole guardian, the person who was the guardian before you
  • the Minister of Alberta Children’s Services, and
  • the child, if the child is 12 years old or older

Step 5. Prepare and submit an Affidavit of Service

Affidavit of Personal Service (PDF, 15 KB)

Fill out an affidavit for each person you served.

You must swear your affidavit in front of a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public. The clerk of the court may commission your affidavit.

Submit the form to the clerk of the court within 10 days of serving the last person with the notice for the Application for Adoption Order.

After you apply

The clerk of the court will present your Application for Adoption Order to a judge for review.

The Judge may:

  • grant an Adoption Order
  • request further information
  • order that a Home Study Report be prepared
  • order a hearing to be held
  • dismiss your Application for Adoption Order

You will be notified of the Judge's decision by the court.

Licensed adoption agencies

Adoption By Choice

Calgary:
#250, 3115 12 Street NE
Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7J2
Phone: 403-245-8854
Toll free: 1-800-570-2835
Email: calgary@adoptionbychoice.ca
Website: Adoption By Choice

Edmonton:
Scotia Place, Tower 1
Suite 2020, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3R8
Phone: 780-448-1159
Toll free: 1-800-570-2835
Email: edmonton@adoptionbychoice.ca
Website: Adoption By Choice

Adoption Options

Calgary:
#207, 5940 MacLeod Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2H 2G4
Phone: 403-270-8228
Toll free: 1-888-277-8228
Email: aocal@adoptionoptions.com
Website: Adoption Options

Edmonton:
#304, 10109 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3L7

Adoption Options Edmonton will be moving on March 1, 2019. Their new address is:

Unit 6, 9343 50 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2L5

Phone: 780-433-5656
Toll free: 1-800-770-3023
Email: aoedm@adoptionoptions.com
Website: Adoption Options

AMARIS Adoption and Family Support Services

Calgary:
201B, 9705 Horton Road SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2V 2X5
Phone: 403-256-3224
Toll free: 1-877-256-3224

Edmonton:
Phone: 780-438-3455
Toll free: 1-877-256-3224

Email: info@amarisadoption.ab.ca
Website: www.amarisadoption.com

Small Miracles Adoption

Scotia Place, Tower 1
Suite 2020, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3R8
Phone: 780-421-1177
Email: info@smallmiraclesadoption.com
Website: Small Miracles Adoption

Resources

Legal Advice – Lawyer Referral Service

  • Families who are involved in an adoption and require legal information can call toll-free to explain what they need and ask for a lawyer referral:

Adoption Council of Canada

MOTHERISK

  • Information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation. General information about how children are affected.

Edmonton Adoption Clinic brochure (PDF, 349 KB)

Calgary Adoption Clinic brochure (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Contact

To connect with Alberta Adoption Services:

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

Questions and Comments contact form

Address:

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