You can choose to make an adoption plan for your child once you have reviewed all of your options and received counselling.
There are different types of adoptions, and your social worker can help you explore each one:
- RELATIVE ADOPTION ~ PLACING WITH A FAMILY MEMBER
Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or distant relatives may be in a position to take on the responsibility of adopting. We can provide you with support and counselling prior to placing the child with a relative. At the time of placement, a lawyer will facilitate the process to ensure all legal requirements are met.
Adoptive parents are usually required to cover these legal costs.
- DIRECT ADOPTION ~ PLACING WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW
Another possibility is placing your child with a family that you know personally. For example, neighbours or close friends, or someone you know, trust, and have an established relationship with.
With this adoption plan, BC law requires that an adoption agency like CHOICES be involved, as the adoptive family will need to complete a home study, whereby a potential adoptive family receives appropriate education to prepare and is approved for adoption. The adoptive family is responsible for paying the adoption fees.