Adoption is a legal process, establishing a parent-child relationship and providing permanence and security for children.
When Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services becomes involved with a family, the goal is to protect the child and work with the guardians to reunite the family. In some cases, this is not possible and a child who becomes permanently under the care of the Province is available for adoption.
Choosing to become a parent to a child under the care of the Province is a big decision. Each child under the care of the Province has special needs. A special need could be as simple as being part of a sibling group or having cultural ties that need to be maintained. Other children may have medical physical or developmental needs. Each one has experienced the trauma of separating from their birth parents and that is its own special need.
Foster-to-Adopt parents have made a long term commitment to adopting a foster child placed with them should that child become available for adoption.
The caregiver’s role is initially as a foster parent. Prospective families must be aware of and respecting of the legal and emotional risk involved with this program. Until a Permanent Guardianship Order is granted for a foster child in your care, there is a possibility that the child could be returned home or placed with extended family.
The Alberta Post Adoption Registry maintains the sealed adoption records for all granted adoptions in Alberta.
If you are interested in adoption, use the links below or contact us at 780-422-3333 or e-mail us at Region6.Caregiver@gov.ab.ca.
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