B.C.’s new adoption website, Adopt BC Kids, has attracted 84 prospective adoptive families just six weeks after going live, helping to provide more loving homes for B.C.’s waiting children.
The 84 families have received user identification to access the site. Eleven of the website users have applied to adopt and ten approved families have been linked for increased access to child profiles. Anyone with a BCeID can access the site. Only those with an approved home study can browse the child profiles with pictures and videos.
“I’m thrilled that Adopt BC Kids is off to such a positive start by attracting so many prospective adoptive families,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister for Children and Family Development. “Online technology only improves adoption information and support, moving us closer to our goal of finding homes for all of B.C.’s waiting children.”
The new user-friendly system was unveiled Oct. 31, 2016, and lets prospective adoptive parents manage their application online, allowing adoption workers to help find the right family match faster for waiting children.
“Overall, I’d say we’re really excited about the new online adoption application!” says prospective adoptive parent Brittany Mallett. “As far as the site layout and navigation, we’re really pleased. It has been easy to find what we’re looking for and the search function is great. I like the variety of ways we can narrow the search, including looking at only new, updated profiles, age and sibling group size. The profiles seem well written and detailed enough to get a good idea of what the children are like and what their needs are.”
The Adopt BC Kids portal is the first of its kind in Canada. No other jurisdiction has an automatic, computerized system that captures all children available for adoption and all families applying to adopt in one database. It allows parents to track where they are in the process and what documents have been received by the ministry so they can better understand the next steps.
If you are 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.
- In 2015-16, the Ministry of Children and Family Development exceeded adoption placement targets, marking the highest annual adoption count since the Adoptions Act came into effect in 1997.
- $30.7 million is allocated for adoption programs this year, up $3 million from last year.
- 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 be eligible to adopt.
- Many of the children and youth still waiting for adoption are school-aged. They may be siblings who need to stay together. Some may have special placement needs due to difficult early childhood experiences, prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs, learning delays or other developmental challenges.
- Streamlining the adoption process aligns with B.C.’s stance as a national leader in red tape reduction. Learn more about how the B.C. government is reducing red tape for British Columbians at: gov.bc.ca/helpcutredtape
For more info on the adoption process in B.C., visit: www.1000familiesBC.com
Adoptive Families Association of BC: www.bcadoption.com
Contact the Adoption Reunion Registry toll‐free at 1 877 387‐3660 or visit: http://ow.ly/lNQs307aonF
Learn more about how the B.C. government is reducing red tape for British Columbians at: www.gov.bc.ca/helpcutredtape