Once you've been matched with and accept a proposal for a child or sibling group, it's time to transition your child into your family. This process can differ depending on which program you choose.
Adopt BC Kids program
Once you accept a proposal for a child or sibling group, you will attend a child's plan of care meeting (CPOC). There you'll work with social workers on plan to meet your child, and transition them to your home.
These visits are designed to slowly transition the care of the child from foster parent to you. Young children may transition home over a number of weeks. Older children and teens may take several months.
Once a child moves to your home, a six month residency period begins. Your social worker will complete post placement visits and stay connected to help support your family. Her post placement report is included in the application to finalize the adoption.
Local agency infant program
Depending on birth parent wishes, an infant may come home from hospital with you, or she may be placed after spending some time at home with her birth parents.
Once your child moves home, a six month residency period beings. Your social worker will complete post placement visits and stay connected to help support your family.
In most cases, international adoptions are completed in the child's birth country, according to that country's local adoption laws.
Next, travel visas and passports are issued, allowing you and your newest family member to travel home to Canada.
"Take a deep breath and jump!"
Karen and Mike share the complex journey of transitioning their pre-teen daughter home. Their advice is to trust your child’s foster caregiver, and to “take a deep breath and jump!”
Next steps once your child is home.
Not sure where to start?
Our adoption support coordinators are here to help you every step of the way.