How Are Children Adopted In British Columbia? - Zukerman Law

How Are Children Adopted In British Columbia?

If you plan to adopt to expand your family, there are some things you should know. The Ministry of Children and Family Development released a fact sheet about adoption in November 2015 in honor of Adoption Awareness Month. The Ministry dedicated the sheet to information about how children are taken care of behind the scenes and how many children need to be adopted.

Children who are left in the care of the Ministry of Children in British Columbia are able to be put up for adoption. These children are only in the permanent care of the ministry because they can’t go back to living with a birth parent for one of several reasons.

Placing a child in a permanent home can mean one of a few things. Adoption is usually the goal for these children, but foster care may also be a good substitute in some situations. A transfer of custody may occur in the case that the child has a connection to an adult who wants to adopt him. If the child can’t be placed, then the Ministry works to make sure the child has adult connections who can benefit him throughout his life.

Each year, around 270 children are adopted in British Columbia. Another 273 children are in the care of the Ministry as of November 2015. The Ministry allows anyone 19 or older to adopt as long as a loving home is available for the child.

If you plan to adopt, these children are still waiting for good homes. Your lawyer can help you plan and legally apply for an adoption.


Stuart Zukerman

Stuart Zukerman, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, has over 32 years of experience in litigation with a focus on Family Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Dismissal claims, and Collaborative Divorce & Mediation. He has extensive trial experience in divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset division, and ICBC injury claims. As an accredited Family Law Mediator, he helps resolve disputes without court intervention. Stuart has also authored papers on family law and lectured at CLE courses.