- All children deserve the comfort, security and love of a forever home — that’s why strengthening the provincial adoption program and finding loving permanent homes for B.C.’s waiting children and youth is a priority for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
- Adoption recruitment and promotion is a consistent priority for the ministry, including increasing the number of home studies completed, increasing the number of permanent placements and streamlining the process to connect families with waiting children.
- The ministry has placed a special emphasis on finding permanent homes for Aboriginal children in care –through adoption, guardianship and other permanency options – in culturally appropriate ways.
- In 2017-18, $31.2 million is allocated for adoption and permanency planning.
- In 2015-16, MCFD exceeded adoption targets, finding placements for 644 children and youth over two years, with 2015-16 marking the highest annual adoption count since the Adoption Act came into effect in 1997.
- In 2016-17, MCFD is looking to find forever homes for 600 children and youth – not only through adoption, but also permanency options. These include placements with grandparents or other family members.
- There are currently about 1,000 children in B.C. waiting for the stability and care of an adoptive family, including teenagers, those with special needs and sibling groups.
- B.C.’s new online adoption site, Adopt BC Kids allows prospective adoptive parents to apply, track and manage their own application online, freeing adoption workers to focus on finding the right family for waiting children. More than 200 prospective adoptive families have signed up for Adopt BC Kids since its November 2016 launch: www.gov.bc.ca/adoptbckids
- Adopt BC Kids is the first of its kind in Canada – no other jurisdiction has a system that captures all children available for adoption and all families applying to adopt in a single database with an automatic matching system.
- MCFD is working with families and communities to find permanent homes for Indigenous children and youth through adoption, guardianship and other permanency options in culturally appropriate ways – in line with recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Indigenous Child Welfare in B.C. In fact, $70.1 million was allocated in Budget 2017 to help keep Aboriginal families together and to better support the children currently in care.
- In each of the past three years, MCFD has invested $2 million in additional funding for adoption to help more kids find the loving homes that they deserve. In 2017-18, an additional $525,000 will cover post-adoption assistance and wage increases for adoptions staff.
- The 1000familiesBC campaign successfully raised the profile of growing your family through adoption: www.1000familiesBC.com
- MCFD partners with the Adoptive Families Association of BC to provide pre and post adoption support services and educational events: www.bcadoption.com
- Adoptive parents come from diverse backgrounds and have a range of life experiences. Any B.C. resident 19 and over who is interested in providing a loving, nurturing home may apply to adopt.
- If you’re interested in becoming an adoptive parent to one of B.C.’s waiting children or youth, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/adoptbckids or call 1 877 ADOPT- 07
- Contact the Adoption Reunion Registry toll-free at 1-877-387-3660 or visit: http://ow.ly/lNQs307aonF
Government Communications and Public EngagementMinistry of Children and Family Development