When a child or youth is unable to permanently live with their family, and extended family, cultural and community members have been exhausted as possibilities for permanency options, we seek an alternative to ensure the child or youth’s long-term care and well-being. Adoption is intended to provide children and youth with permanency, security, and lifelong support. Children and youth of all ages can be adopted and come from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, as well as complex lived experiences.
We are committed to making cultural connections
The Child Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) recognizes the importance of race, ancestry, place of origin, and cultural and linguistic heritage in making decisions in the best interests of a child or youth. The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa is committed to this value and acknowledges that historical practices within the child welfare system have often minimized or dismissed the significance of these connections for children and youth.
Given the over representation of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Black children and youth in our care, we are continuously recruiting adoptive parents who either share the child’s racial and cultural background, or who can make an additional commitment to ensure that the child is able to develop a positive and cultural identity. Additionally, we work to ensure that children and youth are well-supported through experiences of racism and discrimination. Supporting connections with the birth family and the child’s cultural community is an essential component with all adoptions.
When members of a child or youth’s extended family, cultural circle or community are not able to provide permanency, we then match children to approved and waiting adoptive applicants.