LEARN ABOUT FOSTERING AND ADOPTION

If you are interested in expanding your family, learn what it means to foster and adopt, and the difference between them.

You can be an ally to vulnerable children and youth and Stand Up for Kids by becoming educated about what it means to open your home as a foster or adoptive parent to provide comfort and support for kids in care. The support of a caring foster or adoptive family provides many benefits for children and youth, including a sense of safety and stability, improvements to their overall health and well-being, and help to overcome their past traumas so that they may build their own strength and resilience.

63,000

children and youth across Canada who are living in foster care, kinship care, group care, and treatment facilities

Over

235,000

children and youth in Canada are at
risk of abuse and neglect

30,000

children and youth in Canada’s child welfare system are eligible
for permanent adoption

Only

2,000

are adopted each year

For information about how to become a foster parent in Canada, please visit:

Canada-Wide

Canadian Foster Family Association https://www.canadianfosterfamilyassociation.ca/prov-terr-organizations/ 

Alberta

Alberta Foster and Kinship Association afkaonline.ca

 

British Columbia 

BC Federation of Foster Parent Associations bcfosterparents.ca
Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents fafp.ca/fp-opportunities

 

Manitoba

The Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba mffn.ca

 

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Foster Families Association nbfosterfamilies.ca

 

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association nlffa.ca

 

Northwest Territories 

Foster Family Coalition of Northwest Territories ffcnwt.com

 

Nova Scotia 

Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia fosterfamilies.ns.ca

 

Nunavut

Government Department of Family Services gov.nu.ca/become-foster-parent 

 

Ontario

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies oacas.org/childrens-aid-child-protection/fostering
Foster Parents Society of Ontario fosterparentssociety.org
Ontario Government – Become a Foster Parent https://www.ontario.ca/page/become-foster-parent

 

Prince Edward Island

Government Family and Human Services princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/family-and-human-services/be-foster-parent 

 

Québec 

Fédération des familles d’accueil et ressources intermédiaires du Québec ffariq.org

 

Saskatchewan 

Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) sffa.sk.ca

 

Yukon

Yukon Health and Social Services hss.gov.yk.ca/fostercare.php  

For information about how to adopt in Canada, please visit:

Nationwide 

Adoption Council of Canada adoption.ca

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption davethomasfoundation.ca

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) nacac.org

 

Alberta

Alberta Human Services humanservices.alberta.ca/adoption.html 

 

British Columbia

Adoptive Families Association of B.C. bcadoption.com

 

Manitoba

Government of Manitoba gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/adoption.html 

 

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Department of Social Development gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development/adoption.html

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development cssd.gov.nl.ca/adoption/

 

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/adoption

 

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services novascotia.ca/coms/families/adoption/index.html

 

Nunavut

Nunavut Department of Children & Family Services gov.nu.ca/family-services/information/adoption

 

Ontario

AdoptOntario adoption.on.ca
Learn more about adopting young people who have aged out of care (Never Too Late) https://www.adoption.on.ca/ntl

 

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Department of Family and Human Services princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/family-and-human-services/adoption

 

Québec

Government of Québec (French) gouv.qc.ca/FR/Portail/Citoyens/Evenements/DevenirParent/Pages/adoption-quebec-reguliere-banquemixte.aspx  

Government of Québec (English) https://www.quebec.ca/en/family-and-support-for-individuals/pregnancy-and-parenthood/parent#c36611

 

Saskatchewan

Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan adoptionsask.org/

 

Yukon 

Yukon Health and Social Services hss.gov.yk.ca/adoption.php