Adopting your foster child

Each year, approximately 42% of all adoptions in BC are foster parents adopting the children in their care. This can be the best outcome for children, as it means less disruption and transition in their lives and relationships. The message children hear when they're adopted is "I'm wanted, loved, and know where I belong."

If you're thinking about adopting your foster child, post-adoption assistance may provide funding for services and maintenence. While financial assistance continues, decision making and legal responsibility for the child shifts to you, the new adoptive parent.

Concurrent Planning

Concurrent planning describes the process of working towards reunification of a child with their biological family, while at the same time (concurrently), creating a back-up plan of adoption. A specific foster family is chosen who is willing to provide temporary care and willing to adopt if reunification is not successful. Foster parents and prospective adoptive parents interested in concurrent planning must understand the high-risk nature of such a placement. Caregivers must be comfortable committing to care for a child whose permanency plan is not yet determined.


Foster-to-adopt is when a child or sibling set is placed into a foster care relationship with a view to adoption.

Planning for Aboriginal children and youth

Due to the unique cultural needs of Aboriginal children, 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 foster parents wishing to adopt an Aboriginal child should expect additional preparations and approval steps. 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 Ministry of Children and Family Development Exceptions Committee. These additional steps can slow down all stages of the adoption process.

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What to expect when adopting

At first glance, adoption can seem overwhelming. We've broken down the steps for each type of adoption.

What does that mean?

From acronyms to Ministry terminoloy, our glossary helps you navigate adoption language.