Process and what to expect


Get the facts you need

The first step in the adoption process is researching your options and the steps you'll need to take. Adoption Basics is a good place to start. Adoption Basics is a free, online presentation that answers your top questions about adoption. 

We're here to help you navigate the process and figure out where to go next!

Contact us toll-free at 1-877-ADOPT-07 or at to talk about your adoption options. 

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Send in your application

You're ready to take the next step!

Now you'll start the formal application process with an adoption representative.

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Get adoption ready

During this stage, you'll find out all you need to know to become an adoptive family.

  • You'll take a mandatory training course, like the Adoption Education Program Online (AEP-Online), about various parenting, adoption, and special needs topics.
  • You'll also have a homestudy scheduled, which usually involves six to eight visits with a social worker.

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The waiting period

During the matching process, you may review child profiles or you may be invited to attend a matching event by your social worker or another adoption representative.

The wait can feel long and tedious. Use this time to

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Your child comes home


When a phone call comes from your adoption representative for a potential placement, apply all that you've learned throughout your proposal process. Ensure that the placement is right for your family.

Once you accept a proposal, the placement process timeline varies depending on the location and age of your child.

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Your roadmap to Adopt BC Kids

This handy infographic is a step-by-step visual guide to adopting from foster care in British Columbia. Download the PDF, print it out for your fridge or bulletin board, and track your progress! Flip it over to see all the ways AFABC can support you in your journey.

Children, from babies to teens, need families.