The Adoptive Families Association of BC has welcomed all families since we began in 1977. We celebrated when updates to the BC Adoption Act in 1996 made adoption possible for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and genderfluid (LGBTQ2S+) people.
LGBTQ2S+ parents are especially likely to adopt older children, sibling groups, and those with special needs—exactly the kids who wait the longest to find forever families. LGBTQ2S+ parents make GREAT adoptive parents!
Young people who identify as LGBTQ2S+ are represented in higher numbers in foster care and adoptive families. These fabulous young people do best when their families are equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to understand and support their child or youth's unique needs, concerns, and identities.
Research suggests that the number of LGBTQ2S+ families in the adoption and permanency community will continue to grow. In response, we're developing new resources to meet the unique needs of these families and help them thrive and succeed.
NEW! Downloadable resource: Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth in Adoption and Foster Care (PDF)
Learn what you can do as a parent or caregiver to help LGBTQ2S+ young people feel safe and supported. Includes terminology, resources for community support and further learning, and first-person stories from LGBTQ2S+ people with lived experience in adoption and foster care.
On-Demand Webinar - LGBTQ Adoption: History and Challenges of Same Sex Adoption (2016)
Are you wondering about your options for LGBTQ adoption? Get the stats and facts on LGBTQ adoption in Canada in this on-demand webinar. Learn the specific issues and statistics surrounding LGBTQ adoption, and some of the challenges faced by same sex adopters.
Meet the Thai-Abels
Meet the Thai-Abel family: dads Vince and Eric, and son Jamestin, age 6. After a long wait and incredible timing, Jamestin was finally welcomed home through Adopt BC Kids.