Family Services

Adoption and Fostering Children

Each family is unique. Some families have a more traditional structure with a father, mother and a child. Other families have one parent, or are made up of extended family or community members. Some people choose to create a foster family or adopt a child to be part of their family.

Foster families allow a child to have a safe and supportive home during a difficult time. Generally, foster care is intended to be a shorter term situation, until the child can return to their home or be placed permanently. Foster parents are the primary care givers, but not the legal guardians of the child, so key decisions must be made in conjunction with Social Services

Adoption is when a child is permanently placed with a family. When a child is legally adopted, there is a legal transfer of parental rights and obligations from the birth parent to the adoptive parent.

Deciding to foster or adopt a child is an important decision for your family. There are many rewards for everyone involved, but there are also some unique challenges as everyone adjusts to living together. The resources on this page are designed to help.


Foster Family Manual

Sacred Children: Communication Fact Sheet

Sacred Children: Self-Esteem Fact Sheet


Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada, Canada’s Waiting Kids

Canadian Child Welfare Research

Canadian Foster Family Association

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Canada

Foster Family Coalition of the NWT – Family Resources Directory

Kids Help Phone

North American Council on Adoptable Children – Nunavut Profile on Adoption Assistance

Nunavut Health and Social Services – Adoption

The Family Care Giver – Canada’s Home Care and Family Care Giving Resource

Youth in Care Canada

Books in Your Community

For Adults

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries

For Children

What to Do When You’re Sad and Lonely: A Guide for Kids, James Crist.

Something is Wrong at My House: A Book About Parents’ Fighting, Diane Davis.