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Every child deserves to have a family of their own. Adoption is one way to bring together children who need families and families who want to parent children. 

Adoption is a legal and social process through which a child becomes part of a new family and families are given the opportunity to experience all of the rewards that come with parenting a child.

In Ontario, adoption can be arranged in three ways:

  • Public adoption through Children's Aid Societies
  • Private adoption through a licensed agency or individual
  • International adoption through a licensed organization

Through the public adoption process, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa is committed to finding and supporting, permanent and loving families for children in our care who cannot remain with their birth families. In addition, we support adult adoptees or the relative of an adult adoptee seeking information on a previous adoption through our Adoption Disclosure services.

When making such an important decision, it is important to understand the process and the many implications of the decision for the child, the birth family and the adoptive family. 

Adoption in Ontario: Private, Public and Inter-Country