Eligibility

Prospective adoptive parents must be 19 years of age or older, and a resident of British Columbia for at least six months. A single adult or two adults together may apply to adopt a child. 

All applicants must complete a criminal record search and submit references. The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) completes a prior contact check to search for a history of child protection reports or past services by MCFD.

Waiting Child and Local Infant programs

Within BC, there are no restrictions surrounding marital status, employment, sexual orientation, disability, or home ownership that would prevent someone from adopting.

International program

In addition to local requirements, each country sets is own eligibility criteria. These may include restrictions on applicant age, marital status, health, an income or asset test, number of children in the home, religion, and sexual orientation.

How much does it cost?

Fees and expenses for adoption can vary, from no cost to $60,000 or more, depending on which program you choose.

How do I apply to adopt?

The application process for MCFD and agency adoptions can vary.