Aboriginal adoption services

First Nations and Aboriginal communities have specific adoption committees and/or agencies which work to ensure Aboriginal children in care are raised with Aboriginal families whenever possible, keeping them connected with their extended family and community.

Due to these unique cultural needs, the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) works with delegated Aboriginal agencies and communities to plan for the placement of children within their extended family, Aboriginal community, or another Aboriginal home outside their community.

Non-Aboriginal parents wishing to adopt an Aboriginal child should expect additional preparations and approval steps. Prospective adoptive parents may be required to complete a cultural education training program and participate in the creation of a cultural plan. The final approval for the placement is made by the MCFD Exceptions Committee. 

Lalum'utul' Smun'eem Child & Family Services

The Lalum'utul' Smun'eem Adoption Program is a program of the Cowichan Tribes with a focus on permanency planning for children in Lalum’utul’ Smun’eem care. 

The program provides Cowichan-based adoption services in consultation with the Chief, Council, Elders and the Cowichan Tribes Adoption Committee, including:

  • Pre and Post adoption planning.
  • Training for adoptive parents.
  • Support services for adoptive parents.
  • Ongoing training for guardianship staff and support services staff.

The adoption program is supported by a memorandum of understanding with Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) and joint protocols exist in regards to the provision of post adoption services.



Children, from babies to teens, need families.

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