On Monday October 31, the British Columbia Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux announced Adopt BC Kids, a new secure online adoption application developed by Avocette and built for British Columbians looking to adopt children and youth from care.
First row from left: Dawn Watters, adoptive parent; Stephanie Cadieux, BC’s Minister of Children and Family Development; Wendy Norris, adoptive services consultant; Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA. Second row from left: Scott Ross, CEO of Avocette; Dr. Anne Clayton, Executive Director of Guardianship, Adoption and Permanency, Ministry of Children & Family Development; Norm Letnick, BC’s Minister of Agriculture.
A New, Secure Online Adoption Application for BC
Adopt BC Kids is the first website of its kind in Canada. As a national leader in red tape reduction, British Columbia is streamlining the adoption process by replacing the old paper-driven practices. Adopt BC Kids brings together all the children available for adoption and all the families applying to adopt in a single database. It is personalized and user-friendly with a built-in, automatic matching system.
The new system empowers parents with a secure website and tracking system that allows them to submit an online application. The tracking system also gives parents a better understanding of where they are in the approval process and the required next steps.
In addition, families will have the support of new adoption service hub staff. Staff and families will work together, ensuring application packages have the required supporting documents and lightening the burden on adoption workers. The Adopt BC Kids system combined with the efforts of this staff will enable adoption workers to focus on finding the right match for families and children.
You can read the full announcement from the Ministry of Children and Family Development here.
November is Adoption Awareness Month!
The announcement of Adopt BC Kids came on the eve of Adoption Awareness Month. The Adoptive Families Association of BC explains that events during the month of November offer opportunities “to celebrate, promote, educate, advocate for, and create dialogue about adoption.”
Visit their event page for a list of events taking place near your community.