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About Adoption
Children's Aid Society / La Société d'aide à l'enfance Nipissing Parry Sound

Adoption is established through a legal process when the birth family is unable to care for a child. In Ontario, adoption can be arranged through Children’s Aid Societies (public adoption), private adoption agencies and international adoption agencies. People often explore options in all three systems.

Adoption Through the Children’s Aid Society:

  • Public Adoption is the process by which children living in foster care as a Crown Ward are connected with adoptive families through the help of the Children’s Aid Society.

Other Types of Adoption:

  • Private Adoption is the process by which birth parents or expectant parents are connected with an adoptive family through the help of a adoption professional.
  • International Adoption is the process by which an Ontario family adopts a child from another country.
  • Relative Adoption involves the adoption of a child by a step-parent or close relation. “Close relation” is defined in this context as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, great-aunt or great-uncle of the child. Any other relation must proceed through the private adoption system.

There are no costs associated via public adoption through the Children’s Aid Society. 

There is no set waiting period, but once you have been approved to adopt, it may take six months to two years or more for you to be matched with a child. It is not a first-come, first-served system. The length of time depends on how quickly an appropriate match can be found.  The time may be shorter if you are willing to consider adopting an older child, a child with special needs or siblings. 

Ages of Children: 
Although some infants are available, most children available for public adoption are beyond the age of infancy. They come from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Benefits of Adoption:

  • For children to experience healthy development and create a sense of their own self-worth, they need to have roots and feel they belong to a family who can provide them with a safe, stable and loving home. Adoption is a way of achieving this.
  • The gift of adoption is not only a benefit to a child, but is a wonderful way for individuals and couples who are unable to or chose not to have children of their own to create a family. It is also a very satisfying way for established families to grow and diversify.

Adoption is a compassionate gift of family to a child or children in need of permanent, nurturing relationships. Unfortunately, some parents are unable to care for their children in a safe manner and their children come into the care of a Children’s Aid Society. Other parents do not feel they can provide a permanent home for their child and decide to make an adoption plan for him or her.

Adoption can have a dramatically positive impact on the life of a child or youth. It can also greatly enhance the adoptive couple’s life. When making the decision to adopt, you also need to understand the effects the process will have on you, your family and your adopted child.