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Adoption Process

Our process can be broken down into four phases:

Contact an Adoption Intake Line

Attend an Adoption Information Session

Complete an Adoption Application

Screening of Application, Selection and Home Study

Each of these phases act as a potential decision point. The first three phases allow you to determine if our Adoption Program is a good match for how you wish to grow your family – in essence, do your adoptive wishes match our need for families. By reviewing the information provided at any one of these three stages you may choose to opt out of the process and pursue other avenues for adoption, such as private domestic or International adoption. Learn more about Adoption in Ontario here.

ADOPTION INTAKE LINE

Our Adoption Intake Line can be reached by calling 613-742-1620 ext. 2. You may leave a message 7 days a week 24 hours a day.  If you don’t reach a person directly during regular business hours, you can expect to receive a call back within 48 hours of your message.  The intake line acts as your first opportunity to speak directly with an Adoption Representative.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

These sessions act as an extension to the information provided on our website and to the information provided through our Intake Line. To view our 2017 information session calendar, please click here.

Session Language:

Held in both French and English

Location:

Main office at 1602 Telesat Court, Gloucester, ON

Timing:

Approximately once per month

Registration:

Contact Adoption Intake 613-742-1620 ext. 2.  

Facilitators:

Sessions are run by an Adoption Worker along with one of our Adoptive parents. 

Session Length:

Approximately 2 hours long

Topics

  • Adoption within the broader context of our Children’s  Aid Society
  • Application process
  • What you can expect following the submission of your application
  • What our current needs are for families
  • Post adoption supports we offer
  • Openess regarding birth family
  • Role of the birth parent within the adoption process
  • An opportunity to answer any additional questions

If, following the information session you feel you are a good match to the type of children we are trying to place, you can then take home one of our application packages to fill out and submit.

THE APPLICATION PACKAGE

The application package consists of a variety of documents and information that allows us to better understand who you are and what profile of child you can adopt. Upon submission of the application you will receive an acknowledgement letter informing you that your application has been received, and highlighting any missing documents.

SCREENING OF THE APPLICATION AND HOMESTUDY

All prospective adoptive applicants are entitled to a public adoption intake process. However, not every person will qualify to move to the subsequent step involving a homestudy process. Following an initial intake process, your application is reviewed by the Adoption Supervisor and based on the current needs of our children and program, an initial recommendation will be made to either assign or close your file. 

If we elect to proceed with your application, you will be assigned an adoption worker to work with you in completing your Home Study assessment and to register you for our PRIDE training program. All adoptive applicants in Ontario (public, private, international) are required to follow the same assessment process:

(a) SAFE:

The home study portion is called  “S.A.F.E.”  –  Structured Analysis Family Evaluation.

  • This involves several home visits by your adoption worker, providing references, medical reports, financial information, consents for police and child welfare checks, as well as filling out other SAFE specific assessment forms. 

(b) PRIDE

  • The adoption home study process also includes attending a 27-hour training program called “P.R.I.D.E.” – Parenting Resources for Information, Development and Education.

The complete assessment process can take upwards of one year to complete. If approved, your adoption worker will present your profile at adoption meetings for children whose needs they believe you would best match. This process has no fixed time limit, as our focus is on finding the right family for the child.