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Adoption Process :: The Children's Aid Society

Adoption Process

Steps to become an Adoptive Parent

  1. The Intake Line acts as your first opportunity to speak directly with an adoption representative about the process or any questions you may have about adoption and the application process. Our adoption intake line can be reached by calling 613-747-7800 (and following the prompts) or send your questions to foster-adopt@casott.on.ca. Please make sure to include your name and phone number to allow an adoption worker to call you back. If you don’t reach a person directly during regular business hours, you may leave a message 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Expect to receive a call back within 48 hours of your message. 

    If you are still debating between private, international and public adoption, please visit www.adoption.on.ca/ci/ .

  2. The second step is attending a group information session. These sessions are designed to inform you on the process of becoming an adoptive parent. See info session dates below.
  3. Should you still be debating about applying to adopt, you can either call the intake worker again or visit www.adoption.on.ca/ci/ website to learn more about International and private adoption
  4. After the info session, should you meet all the requirements, and no barriers have been identified, you will be provided with an application package.
  5. You will complete the application package and return it to the Society. This package will indicate your desire to adopt children and/or youth and provide us with the details of your adoption preferences.
  6. All adoptive parents must undergo the S.A.F.E. Home Study - Structured Analysis Family Evaluation.  This is a comprehensive set of assessment tools to determine your eligibility, suitability, and readiness to become an adoptive parent.
  7. P.R.I.D.E. Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a mandatory provincial training program offered to all prospective adoptive parents in Ontario. It is a 27-hour series of training delivered over a three-month period and provides an informative, thought-provoking look at fostering and adoption.


Group Information Sessions

Note: Our Group Information Sessions will take place online until further notice 

Upcoming Group Information Sessions:  

  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm online via Microsoft Teams (English)
  • Wednesday January 25, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm online via Microsoft Teams (English)
  • Wednesday March 29, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm online via Microsoft Teams (English)

Information sessions in French are available upon request.


To register for an information session, please forward the following information to infosession@casott.on.ca

  • First and last name (if a couple, both names are required)
  • Telephone Number
  • Email address
  • Please confirm that you reside in the Ottawa region
  • Date of English session OR request of French session


Please Note:

  1.      If a couple, both individuals must attend a session together.
  2.      By registering, you are providing consent to enter the aforementioned information into our database.
  3.      Spots are limited and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

If you experience any difficulties registering online, please contact us at 613-747-7800 (and follow the prompts).