Adoption Services

Government of Alberta - Ministry of Children and Family Services

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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 and Family 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.

780-422-3333 (Caregiver Recruitment)
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 and Family 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: No -
Agency Information
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Last Verified On
November 24, 2023
3210 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, T5W 4X1
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Hours of Operation
08:15 AM to 04:30 PM
08:15 AM to 04:30 PM
08:15 AM to 04:30 PM
08:15 AM to 04:30 PM
08:15 AM to 04:30 PM

Closed statutory holidays.