Domestic Adoption Process

CHOICES provides support for birth parents and adoptive parents throughout the domestic adoption process. On average, CHOICES has six to eight domestic placements a year.

Profile

Once the home study is completed, we will assist applicants in completing their profile for birth parent(s) to view. Birth parent(s) view profiles before reading home studies, so this is how the birth family will learn about the adoptive family. Adoptive families also have the option to present their profile on our website.

Selection

During counselling, birth parent(s) provide a list of criteria that describes the adoptive family with whom they wish to place their baby. CHOICES social worker will provide several profiles for the birth parent(s) to read. Once they have reviewed the profiles, they make the decision as to which profile represents the adoptive parents that will be the best match for them, and they will advise their social worker how they wish to proceed. Some birth parent(s) may wish to meet the adoptive parents prior to the birth of the baby. If so, CHOICES will advise the adoptive family and arrange a meeting. Travel may be involved for the adoptive family as the birth parent(s) could be anywhere in British Columbia. Prior to the meeting, the adoptive family will receive and review the medical and social history that the birth parent(s) have completed.

Post placement

Three post placement reports are required after the baby arrives home. These visits are required to finalize the adoption. Adoptive parents can apply for an Adoption Order six months after the child is placed in their care.

Registry for Birth Parents

The Registry for Birth Parents must be searched in all cases where birth parent(s) voluntarily request adoption placement for their child, and in direct placement situations. The court may require a search in adoptions by stepparent or relatives. A search form can be obtained from the Parents Registry by calling 250-387-3660.

The following persons may apply to request a search of the birth parents’ registry:

  • a social worker
  • an extra-provincial agency
  • a person entitled to practice law under the Legal Profession Act who represents a party to the adoption
  • a prospective adoptive parent in a direct placement who has given notice of intent to receive a child into his or her home under section 8(1) of the Act