public adoption is through the Alberta Children and Youth
Services. Children who are in the permanent care of the government
and are ready to be adopted are all considered to have special
needs. These needs could include being part of a sibling group
that needs to stay together, children who are between the
ages of 8 and 18 years of age, and children who may have medical,
physical, developmental, learning and emotional problems.
These children are matched with adoptive families that are
approved and given specialized training by the Ministry.
1: Complete the Application
to Adopt a Child. This form can also be obtained from
your local Child & Family Services Authority or Delegated
First Nation agency.
2: Attend the required parent preparation training
offered by Alberta Children’s Services.
STEP 3: Meet
with your social worker and have a home study assessment (this
includes completing Criminal Record checks, CYIM checks, medicals,
contacts with references, financial information, and other
information as required).
Your Home Assessment
Report is completed if you:
- will accept a child with major physical,
emotional, medical or developmental handicaps
- will accept a child seven years of age
- will accept a sibling group of three
or more children;
- are a member of an Indian band or Metis
- will accept a child who has been featured
in the media (Wednesday's Child, Adoption Services website,
- want to adopt a foster child who
has been in your home at least six months and who is ready
STEP 4: The matching process.
Once your home study is complete, your social worker will
begin efforts to match you with a child who needs a family.
You can also search for a match through the
Alberta Children and Youth Service ’s web site which
has profiles of waiting children. Wednesday’s Child,
which is a cooperative initiative between Alberta Children's
Services and CTV Television, features some of the children
in Alberta who are ready to be adopted. One minute videos
are shown on CTV in Edmonton and Calgary, and added to the
children's profiles that you can find on their Profile Lookup
here to see videos and air dates.
STEP 5: Open your home.
Once you are matched with a child, your social worker will
tell you more about the child and his/her background. If you
are selected to adopt this child and you accept the match,
you will begin pre-placement visits with the child. Depending
on the age of the child and circumstances, pre-placement visits
could be short (if the child is an infant) or longer to ensure
the transition is smooth and the attachment process has begun.
STEP 6: Once pre-placement
visits have completed, the child will be placed in your home.
After a period of time when you and the worker are satisfied
with your family's adjustment, arrangements are made to finalize
the adoption in court.
There's no cost to adopt a child through
Alberta Children and Youth Services. For families who adopt
a special needs child, there is a program called “Supports
for Permanency Program” in place to provided financial
information can be found by here.