For birth parents and expectant parents

Adoption is a lifelong experience for everyone involved: birth families, adopted children, and adoptive families. If you or your partner are expecting a baby and considering adoption, the choice to parent or to place your child for adoption is an incredibly important and difficult decision.  

Adoption for birth parents

British Columbia's licensed adoption agencies provide free, unbiased counselling to expectant parents. An agency worker discusses options to help you make the best choice for you and your child. If you choose adoption, there are several placement options available. You can choose a direct placement, in which someone you know adopts your child, or you may have relatives who wish to consider adopting the child. You can also choose an approved adoptive family who is registered with an adoption agency. 

Today, many birth parents remain actively connected to their children through open adoption. For closed adoptions, including most plans made just a generation ago, there are many resources available for search and reunion. 

If you believe you are the father of a child who may be placed for adoption, you can register your name on the Parent Registry to receive notification of the proposed adoption. You can register before the child is born or up to 150 days after placement. 

For more support or information, contact a licensed agency or birth parent support group, or contact one of our Adoption Key Workers at 1-877-ADOPT-07.

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No two adoption reunions are exactly alike. Learn more about search and reunion supports.