1) Are all Canadian children who are available for adoption
listed on this site?
No. The number of children featured on this website
depends upon the authorization of child welfare agencies across
Canada. Although estimates indicate that there are 22,000
children in Canada waiting for adoption, only a small number of
these children are part of the program. Generally, children are
referred to our program when homes have not been found in their
2) What are the children like who are referred to the Canada's
Waiting Children program?
Most children referred to our program are 3 years and
up (to the age of majority), but children as young as newborns
have been referred to the program. The children referred to the
program tend to be more challenging than most of the Canadian
children in need of permanent families. This is because children
are only referred to us when no other resources can be found in
their home region.
How can I view the photolisting?
You can view the CWC photolisting by obtaining a password.
4) How do I obtain a password?
Easy. Please complete and submit the
Password Request Form.
Once the information you submit is reviewed, you will receive
a password by email.
How long do I have to wait to get a password?
You will receive a password within three business days of
submitting your Password
I have forgotten my password. What do I do?
You must complete and resubmit the
Password Request Form.
Can I get a password by calling the
No. Passwords can only be obtained by completing and
submitting the Password
I have a password, now what?
Once you have received your password, simply login
anytime to view the children listed with
Canada’s Waiting Children. The photolisting is updated
regularly, so keep your password for future use.
9) My password is not working. What do I do?
First, ensure that you have typed in the password
exactly as it was sent to you. Remember: the password must be
typed in exactly as shown. This includes the upper-case and
lower case as well as any spaces, as this is part of the
password. For example a lower case “b” is not the same as an
upper case “B”.
10) I have not received my password yet. Why?
You may not have entered your e-mail address correctly
on the Password
Request Form. One in ten of the password requests we
receive tend to have the wrong email address.
11) I am interested in one of the children on the
photolisting, how do I get more information?
Please register with the CWC program in order to express an
interest in any of the children. You need to download and
complete the family
information form (Formulaire
d'information sur la famille) (pdf format).
the completed form by regular mail to:
Adoption Council of Canada
211 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5
What is the registration fee?
Registration is $25 for the first twelve months, with
a $15 annual renewal fee should you wish to continue
participating in the program after the first year. These fees
are strictly to cover the administrative costs we incur to
process your registration, prepare and mail the initial
information package, prepare and send out regular updates
throughout the year, and when liaising with any adoption
social workers on your behalf following an expression of
interest in a child or children.
13) What if I express an interest in a child?
When you express an interest in a child, we will
forward your family information form and/or homestudy and/or
personal profile to the child’s adoption social worker for
review and consideration as a potential adoptive family.
14) What is the information package?
After completing the Family Information Form and
registering with the
Canada’s Waiting Children program, an information package is
mailed to the registered family. The information package
contains pertinent information about the adoption process in
as well as the hard copies of the children profiles available
on the CWC program photolisting.
I downloaded the form but my computer won’t allow me to view
it, what do I do?
Because the form is in pdf (Portable Document Format),
you need special software to view it. Click here to download
the software from Adobe Systems.
Can people living outside of Canada
adopt Canadian children using this service?
This service is only available to Canadian residents.
17) What does the "ON HOLD" caption mean?
The ON HOLD caption is to indicate that there has been a
development in the child's adoption file and the adoption
worker is not accepting any new expressions of interest from
potential adoptive families at this time.