Residents of the province who are looking to start or expand their families now have a new, free-of-charge online resource to help teach them the ins and outs of adopting in B.C.

Adoption Basics is an interactive orientation tool that gives prospective adoptive parents information to help them make informed decisions about their intent to adopt, before applying.

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development said the tool helps demystify some of the stereotypes about adoption.

She said people tend to think of adoption as a route to finding that perfect, healthy baby, whereas the greater need is to find homes for sibling groups, teens and children who have complex care needs.

There have been 244 B.C. adoptions between 2017 and 2018.

Of the children in foster care who were adopted in 2017 and 2018, 39 per cent were adopted by their foster families.