It’s never too late to be adopted! You may apply to adopt someone 19 or older if you supported them before they turned 19. This most commonly involves a child or youth who you previously fostered or a step-child. Prospective parents typically hire a family lawyer to help them apply to the BC courts.

A young Asian man smiles and rests his head on his father's shoulder. They are sitting on a couch and looking at a tablet, as if learning about the process of adult adoption.

Currently, prospective parents can apply to adopt an adult, age 19 or older, whom they supported before the age of 19. Proposed legislation may soon make adult adoption possible for former youth in care who make a connection after turning 19.

Families that do not meet the legal requirements for adult adoption have options, too. A moral adoption ceremony or another celebration can honour your parent/child commitment and relationship.