In Ontario there are three ways to adopt a child:
Public Ontario Adoption – the adoption of a child through a Children’s Aid Society or Family Services Agency. There are no fees incurred when adopting through a public agency. Children's Aid Societies have children of various ages, primarily beyond infancy.
Private Ontario Adoption – the adoption of a child, usually an infant, using a private licensee or private licensed agency.
International Adoption – the adoption of a child from another country, using a private licensee or private licensed agency.
As an Adoption Practitioner approved by the Province of Ontario, I am knowledgeable about the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Adoption Unit and child welfare legislation.
I provide home studies for public, private and international adoptions as required by the province of Ontario.
It takes approximately 2 to 4 months to complete a home study. There are several visits and time is required to compile the necessary documentation.
I prepare the Ministry approved S.A.F.E. home study (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) which includes:
1. Consultation appointment to discuss your needs, answer your questions, review fees and services and the adoption choices available to you.
2. First meeting (of approximately 4 or 5) to begin the home study which is a strengths-based, mutual evaluation process that strives to screen families in, not out, of the adoption process. The goal is to prepare, educate and assess families ensuring that children are adopted into families who are prepared, able and committed to meeting their child's life-long needs.
3. Compiling the required supporting documentation including:
• Letters of reference
• Medical reports
• Police and RCMP clearances
• Child Welfare Agency Record Checks
• Statement of financial standing
4. Submitting the completed home study report and supporting documentation to the licensed agencies/licensees (Ontario or international) with whom you wish to register.
For international adoption the home study and documentation is submitted immediately upon completion to the licensed agency with whom you are registered and to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services for review and approval.
For private adoption within Ontario the home study and documentation is submitted to the ministry when you are matched with a child through the licensee/agency.
For public adoption with a Children’s Aid Society or Family Services Agency the home study is submitted immediately upon completion for review by the agency.
5. I review the birth family and child social and medical information when you are matched with expectant birth parents or an existing child born within Ontario or internationally.
6. Post adoption, planned visits with you and your child over a period of 6 months to approximately one year. At the end of this time, a report on the development and adjustment of the child in your home is submitted to court in your jurisdiction for review and adoption finalization.
PRIDE Training - Parents Responsible for Information Development and Education
In preparation for adoption, all prospective adoptive parents must take a PRIDE training program. It is a 27 hour program offered by approved trainers, providing information and education about adoption. I do not provide PRIDE training. You may find a list of PRIDE trainers and dates and locations of upcoming training sessions by visiting http://adoptontario.ca/