“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
“I am finally taking the time to congratulate you and thank you for your Canada’s Waiting Children program.
Thanks to this program, I found, almost a year ago now, a son that I love.
There was understandably a period of transition; but overall, my son, who will soon be 8 years old, is delightful. He still demonstrates behaviours that need improving; but, the progress he has made in less than a year is impressive. His teachers cannot believe how a child with diagnosed developmental delays could have progressed so quickly at school.
Each time I visit your website, I am touched by the number of children who are still waiting. I always take the time to give our information to people looking to adopt. Most of them cannot believe that there are thousands of children in Canada who are waiting to be adopted.”
- Adoptive family, Québec , March 2006
“We adopted from your organization two and a half years ago. We added to our family a little girl two years of age. She has brightened our family immensely. We had four boys at the time that she came. She is the princess in our family; her brothers love her to pieces. Having her has blessed our family many times over. We cannot imagine life without her.
We have had many opportunities to direct other adopting families to your wonderful organization and have been able to tell them of our great experience of adopting through you. Please keep up the marvellous work you do in all those children’s lives.”
- Adoptive family, British Columbia, March 2005
“We just wanted to thank you for all you are doing not only for prospective adoptive parents but also for all the waiting children looking for a forever family.
When you are a prospective adoptive family, sometimes that wait is the hardest thing to deal with. Your website has provided those of us desiring to add to our family a way to connect with children desiring a family. This website is the only one like it and we believe it really gives these children a chance for their forever family. We know that your staff is wonderfully helpful and they really care about the families and the children.
Our family has been blessed with one of the children profiled on your website and she has recently joined our family. We always tell any prospective adoptive families about your website and we especially enjoy seeing pictures and reading profiles about children who perhaps could become part of our forever family.”
- Adoptive family, New Brunswick, January 2005
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 www.adoption.ca website, will provide you with some of the information you are seeking.
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.