About adoption



Children and teens in British Columbia are waiting for adoptive families. 

Could you be one of them? 

At any given time, around 150-200 children and youth are available for adoption from government (foster) care by general applicants.

Hundreds more need other forms of permanency like extended family placements, guardianship, or traditional Indigenous care.

Most of BC's waiting kids are school-aged or teens. Around half are members of sibling groups that need to stay together. All have experienced trauma and most have additional support needs. Many are Indigenous and need a cultural match.

Do you have what it takes to provide a loving, stable, accepting home for a child or teen who needs extra support? 

Explore the links on this page to learn more about adopting from foster care in BC. You can also learn about other forms of adoption including infant adoption, relative and step-parent adoption, and adopting a child from another country.

Adoption Basics

The best place to start is by watching Adoption Basics, an online presentation that answers your top questions about adoption in BC.

You'll learn about your adoption options, the process, and more.

Adoption Basics can be completed at any time. Click here to begin.


Questions about adoption?

Contact the Adopt BC Kids information line!

1-877-ADOPT-07 (1-877-236-7807) | adoptbckids@bcadoption.com

Or click the green Live Chat button on the left of the screen to talk to our Family Support team directly.

Live Chat and phone lines are answered Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. If we're not there, leave us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Adopt BC Kids

Adopting a child from BC foster care.

International adoption

Welcoming a child home from across the border or around the world.

Other types of adoption

Special cases and adopting someone you know.

Infant and child

The different options for adopting a baby or child.


Your resource for navigating finances and adoption.

Major themes and topics

Your guide to major themes in adoption.


Your guide to adoption terminology and acronyms.