Ministry of Children's Services

Government of Alberta - Adoption Services

Search Agency Service

Assists families with adoptions or private guardianship and licenses and monitors private adoption agencies in Alberta.

Service provides:

  • adoption information for families who want to provide permanency for a child in permanent care of Alberta Children's Services through adoption or private guardianship
  • adoption information for families who want to adopt a child privately within Alberta, through a licensed adoption agency or internationally
  • monitoring and licensing of private adoption agencies in Alberta

Types of permanency services include:

  • government adoption and private guardianship
  • private agency / private direct / step-parent adoption
  • international adoption
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • residents of Alberta at the time of application, approval, and placement
  • who are 18 years and older
  • are physically and mentally capable of parenting an adoptive child
  • who have demonstrated financial and domestic stability
An approved SAFE Home Study Report may be required to be considered for placement.
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service:
  • contact for more information
  • visit website for more information and to find a local office
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Contact for details.

Toll Free
310-0000 then 780-835-7191
Web Site
Fee: Yes,

The cost to adopt will vary depending on which type of adoption is pursued:

  • there are no fees for adoptions processed through Alberta Children’s Services on behalf of children who were in the permanent care of the government
  • private licensed agencies have their own fee schedule; contact each agency to inquire about their fee schedules; a list of approved agencies throughout Alberta is available here
  • international adoptions involve high fees which include travel, translations, completion of home study reports, preparation of documents for out of country, and more; details available online here
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: Yes - Includes:
  • accessible washrooms
  • ramps
  • elevator
  • accessible parking
Legal Status
Provincial Government
Last Updated On
January 10, 2020
10209 109 Street
Fairview, AB, T0H 1L0
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Hours of Operation
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM