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“When the idea of adopting our fifth child arose, we first considered the possibility of adopting in Québec. However, all the administrative work seemed to be predicting a delay of several years. We therefore decided to look at other alternatives. This is when we discovered the website for the Adoption Council of Canada.

There we found valuable information about the adoption process, a list of books about adoption (we have bought many of them!) and of course, the profiles of many waiting children. The descriptions of each child were personal, respectful, and realistic and we were very pleased with the site. We were impressed with the rigorous and efficient work of your staff at each step of the adoption process.

Without your warm and professional help, we would not have had the joy of knowing our daughter. It is thus from the bottom of our hearts that we thank you for your marvellous work.”

-          Adoptive family, Québec, March 2006


The Adoption Council of Canada is Canada’s voice for adoption. We envision a world where every child and youth in Canada has a permanent, supported family. We know that permanency can come through adoption, legal guardianship, kinship care or customary care.

We support and encourage people like you along your adoption journey. We will help to connect you to the resources you need as you build your family.

There are thousands of children and youth in the care of our provinces and territories who are waiting for permanent families. There are thousands of families across Canada, including you, who are willing to adopt – but most prospective parents don’t know enough about the children and youth who need permanent homes. Maybe you are among the families who would like to learn more about the kinds of supports waiting and children need.

We hope this website, and our website, will provide you with some of the information you are seeking.


Sign Up!

If you would like to receive a password to view the pictures and profiles of the waiting children and youth listed on our site, please follow the instructions in the link and sign up here. 

If you want to upload your own family profile to our database of waiting families, please register with us. Once you have filled out a family information form and paid the $50 registration fee, which is good for one year, we will post your profile on the website. The fees cover our administrative costs.

Social workers from across Canada who have registered with us will be able to visit the family profile page, to help them in their search for families for the children/youth on their caseloads.

In order to be able to complete an "Expression of Interest" for any of the waiting children, youth or sibling groups profiled on our website, you must first register, complete your family information form and pay the $50.00 registration fee. Once we have processed this, the Expression of Interest section will become visible to you. 

We will then connect you with the social worker for the waiting child, children, or youth(s).

Thank you for visiting Canada’s Waiting Children, and for your interest in the children and youth who need permanent families.

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