Post-adoption

Your child has moved home and you're learning how to be an adoptive family. What's next?

Adopt BC Kids program

Once the residency period is complete and your social worker feels confident the placement is working well for everyone, the final paperwork is sent to the courts to be finalized. This is a desk order and sometimes takes a few months to get the ‘stamp of approval’ from the judge.

Once your social worker receives the order, you will be notified and receive the final adoption papers. Congratulations! Your adoption is complete.

Support services are transferred from your social worker to AFABC. Our Family Development program offers you two levels of support through our adoption key workers and adoption support counsellors to help your families survive and thrive. AFABC also provides an intensive, accessible (in-home), early intervention designed specifically to address the unique factors of adoptive families (called the PASS program).

Local agency infant program

Once the residency period is complete and your social worker feels confident the placement is working well for everyone, the final paperwork is sent to the courts to be finalized. This is a desk order and sometimes takes a few months to get the ‘stamp of approval’ from the judge.

Once your social worker receives the order, you will be notified and receive the final adoption papers. Congratulations! Your adoption is complete.

Support services are transferred from your social worker to AFABC. Our Family Development program offers you two levels of support through our adoption key workers and adoption support counsellors to help your families survive and thrive.

International program

Most international adoptions require post placement visits, reports, or annual updates from adoptive families. The time frame may be over a course of several months or years, and in some cases, annually until the child reaches adulthood.

Applying again

BC law requires a minimum of one year between adoptive placements. Exceptions are made for sibling groups adopted together or sequentially. In BC, two or more unrelated children cannot be adopted at the same time.

Not sure where to start?

Our adoption support coordinators are happy to guide you through the adoption process.

Children, from babies to teens, need families.