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“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


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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