Unlike private adoption agencies, public adoption agencies exist in every province and jurisdiction in Canada. Their services are generally available at no cost or for a minimum fee. Public agencies are government-funded organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society, and consist of foster children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, sibling groups, older children and/or children with special psychological or physical needs.
Each province sets its own adoption laws so the rules and regulations vary from one jurisdiction to the next. To find out more about the process and the requirements where you live, please contact your provincial adoption coordinator directly.