Frequently Asked Questions

What is adoption?

Why are so many older children available for adoption?

What about teens?

How do we adopt?

Are there support groups?

What other ways can my family connect with those touched by adoption?

What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal and social process. After adoption, the child is yours in the same way your biological children are—you have the same legal and social responsibilities to an adopted child as to a biological child.

Adoption is more common than you might think: about one in ten people are part of a family that has been shaped by adoption.

Why are so many older children available for adoption?

Many children available for adoption are waiting in foster care. They came into care for many reasons, including special needs and sometimes abuse or neglect. Sometimes children are already older when they come into care; sometimes it can take a very long time to find the right family for a waiting child.

The number of infants available for private adoption in Canada has been decreasing in recent years. But the number of families wishing to adopt is going up! Many of these families could be the right home for an older child.

What about teens?

Everyone deserves a family, and it is never too late to find one! Humans of any age, even adults, need to belong and be loved. Your commitment to an adopted teen won’t end in just a few years—family is for life! The security of family ties and family home is invaluable for a vulnerable youth as they become an adult and move out into the world.

How do we adopt?

The Alberta government handles all public adoptions. Their information page is here. You can also contact Alberta Adoption Services for more information.

Private adoption agencies may have some rules of their own. If you are interested in pursuing adoption though a private agency, the Alberta government keeps a list of all licensed agencies here.

Are there support groups?

Absolutely! ABI’s Parental Time Out is a facilitated group run by a registered social worker. Give us a call to register for any of the sessions. It’s free of charge, but please register so we know you’re coming.

What other ways can my family connect with those touched by adoption?

ABI volunteers can come together for a number of events, such as our yearly weekend-long conference called our Caregiver Rejuvenator. Other big hits have been our Butterdome Sports Day, the Parental Time Out support group, Family Art & Music Day.

Most of our events are free to anyone who wants to attend, just let us know that you are coming by dropping us an email or calling our telephone.