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Welcome to ... an online community and resource centre for Canadians whose lives have, or will be, touched by adoption.

Are you hoping to adopt and not sure who to call or where to start? You're not alone! Most potential adoptive parents, when they first start the process, find themselves feeling overwhelmed and intimidated. When it comes to adoption, Canadians have many choices and issues to consider such as:

  • Do you want a public adoption or private?
  • Do you want to adopt internationally?
  • How do you feel about open adoption?
  • Do you to adopt a newborn, toddler or an older child?
  • Could you adopt a sibling group or a child with special needs?

In Canada, adoption is provincially mandated; meaning, each province and territory has its own set of rules and guidelines for all aspects of adoption. has been designed to provide province specific information outlining the processes, laws and guidelines, and the types of adoption available to each province or territory's residents. More general information about adoption can be found in "Adoption 101." was originally created to aid hopeful adoptive parents in Canada. But, whether you’re hoping to adopt, considering adoption for your child, or you want to learn more about adoption in Canada, this site offers a wealth of information as well as a message board to meet others and discuss adoption experiences.

Adopting is not an easy journey to parenthood, but it's a magnificent way to grow your family.

Adoption advocates debate use of photo database of children
By: Mariana Ionova Staff Reporter, Published by the Toronto Star

As about 30,000 children await adoption across Canada, child welfare advocates are seeking ways to make foster kids more visible to potential adoptive parents.

Currently only about 2,000 children are adopted in Canada every year, with many older kids and teens remaining in foster care for years until they age out of the system.

At an international conference in Toronto this week, 750 advocates, social workers, adoptive parents, adopted children and youth in foster care met to discuss the need for solutions.

Laura Eggertson, president of the Adoption Council of Canada, said one of the key reasons so few kids find homes is that there is no comprehensive system for matching potential adoptive parents with foster children.

“One of the problems is that these kids aren’t very visible,” she said. “We think part of the issue is connecting them with parents.”

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