Making an adoption plan

There are different types of adoptions, and your social worker can help you explore each one.

You can choose to make an adoption plan for your child once you have reviewed all of your options and received counselling.

  • 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.
  • DOMESTIC ADOPTION ~ PLACING WITH A FAMILY YOU CHOOSE
    A Domestic Adoption is when a birth parent places a child with an approved family they have chosen from waiting families who are prepared, approved and registered with an agency. We will provide step-by-step support for you along the way.

CHOICES is not affiliated with any religious group. Our pregnancy counselling services are free of charge, regardless of whether or not you choose to make an adoption plan.

You do not have to come to our office to access our services. We can meet you in your home or community, anywhere in British Columbia, and you can contact us 7 days a week.


You can contact CHOICES birth parent social worker for confidential counselling by emailing choices@choicesadoption.ca, calling toll free 1-888-479-9811 or texting 250-213-7718.