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Adoption Services

Adoption is a fulfilling experience that changes the lives of everyone involved. Children of all ages are connected with safe and loving families who provide permanent and stable homes where they can enjoy healthy childhoods.

In Prince Edward Island, the adoption program is the responsibility of the Department of Community Services and Seniors under the Adoption Act. The Director of Child Protection is the designated central authority under the Intercountry Adoption Act (Hague Convention). 

Birth parents considering a plan of adoption and/or families wanting information about adopting a child from Prince Edward Island may contact staff of Adoption Services at the number below or a licensed adoption agent.

We can also provide information for people who hope to adopt a child from another province or country.

More information on the services and supports offered through Family and Human Services is available in the following documents:

Thinking of adoption for your child?

Family and Human Services Adoption Program

Relative Adoptions in Prince Edward Island

Adoption in Prince Edward Island


Before an adoption placement can take place, birth parents must receive counselling; the adoptive family must have a family assessment completed; and a social and medical history on the child to be adopted must be completed by an authorized social worker.

Birth parent counselling is available through authorized staff of PEI’s health and community services system or social workers in private practice.

The provincial government adoption program also seeks to find families for children of all ages (infancy to teens) who are in the permanent care of the Director of Child Protection. These children need safe, permanent, loving and stable families. Supports are available.


International Adoption

Canadian law allows you to adopt a child from another country if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. To bring your adoptive child to Canada, you must sponsor the child for immigration. You can start sponsoring a child as soon as you decide to adopt or you can wait until after you have found a child and have started the adoption process. There are two processes that you must go through when you adopt a child from another country: the adoption process and the immigration sponsorship process. You need to know about both. 




General Contact Information

(902) 368-6511
(902) 620-3422

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