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FAQ :: The Children's Aid Society

FAQ

What's the difference between foster care and adoption?

Adoption is a lifelong commitment where the rights of a child or youth are transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. On the other hand, foster care is typically short-term or a temporary arrangement where a child or youth is placed with a family, with the ultimate goal of reuniting the child or youth with their birth family. However, in some instances, foster parents end up adopting the foster children themselves.

 

How long will I have to wait until I'm placed with a child?

There is no standard timeframe for a placement. The time can vary depending on the child(ren) being referred for adoption and your own family's strengths and experiences. However, the more open a family is to the age and details of a child, the less time a placement might take.

 

Will adopting through a CAS cost anything?

No, there are no fees involved in adoption through a CAS.

 

Can I specify what type of child I am looking to adopt?

Yes, during the Home Study process you will have the opportunity to explore what type of child would be the 'best match' for you and your family.

 

Can I adopt more than one child at a time?

You can only adopt more than one child at a time if the children are siblings. Otherwise, you must wait until your first adoption has been completed until you can initiate the adoption process for a second time.

 

What information is shared between the birth parents and the adoptive family?

Birth parents are entitled to non-identifying information about the adoptive family. No names or addresses are shared without everyone's permission. Pictures and letters can be exchanged over the years so long as there is a mutual agreement between the birth parents and the adoptive family.

 

What is adoption openness?

Adoption openness is written, verbal, or face-to-face communication or contact between a child and their birth parents. Adoption openness is agreed upon by both the birth parents and the adoptive parents.