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

Adopting a child is a very significant decision in the lives of families. While you are considering adoption, you will be supported and nurtured by professionals who are available to provide you with guidance.

Step 1 / Inquire: 

  • Contact us by calling 705-472-0910
  • From here we will match you up with an adoption worker who can answer your questions, review the process and requirements and provide an application.

Step 2 / Become an Applicant:

  • Your will be mailed an application
  • After speaking with the adoption worker, upon request, you will be mailed an application package. We will ask for a great deal of information to make sure your home and circumstances will be well suited for an adopted child(ren).

Step 3 / Conduct a Home Study:

  • Your case worker will conduct a SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) HomeStudy
    • Visit 1 – a caseworker completes a home safety checklist and delivers a questionnaire.
    • Visit 2 – Any biological children in the home are interviewed, and a final questionnaire is conducted in an interview style. 
  • The SAFE HomeStudy assesses your willingness and capabilities to become a fostering family and relate these to the needs of children placed in your home. It involves the discussion of important issues pertaining to parenting and invites applicants to examine their own beliefs, values and feelings. The home study process reviews:
    • Family backgrounds
    • Motivation for fostering
    • Family relationships and dynamics
    • Financial circumstances
    • Experience with children
    • Home safety checklist
    • Character references
    • Current medical, child welfare and police checks on all adults in the home

Step 4 / PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) Training*:

  • You will participate in PRIDE training
  • PRIDE is a mandatory, standardized, competency-based training offered to all prospective foster and adoptive parents throughout the province of Ontario.
  • Topics include:
    • Placement planning
    • The significance of continuity in a child’s life
    • Connections to the child’s birth family and kin
    • How children attach and experience loss

Step 5 / Eligible to Adopt:

  • When a family successfully finishes their S.A.F.E assessment, and graduates from P.R.I.D.E they become approved for adoption and are ready to start matching.

Step 6 / Finding a Match:

  • In the case of a public adoption, your adoption worker will seek the best child for your family.
  • Resources to improve the chance of finding a match include: Adoption Resource Exchange Conference (ARE), Adoption Council of Ontario and Canada’s Waiting Children (CWC)

Step 7 / Being Matched: 

  • Identify the match and receive information on the child’s social, medical and family history.
  • Meeting the child(ren)
  • Proceed with the child making several visits to your house.
  • Probationary placement period for a minimum of 6 months will take place as an adjustment period. During this time your adoption worker will check in and be available to support the adjustment process.

Step 8 / Finalization:

  • Once the probation period is over, the adoption will be finalized in an Ontario court. You are now the legal parent of your adoptive child.

*PRIDE is scheduled to run three times a year in the Nipissing district, and twice a year in Burk’s Falls and Parry Sound.

What are the basic requirements?

  • Police check - Every person age 18 and over must complete a criminal record cheque.  Historical records won't necessarily preclude you from being approved.
  • Home safety check - Your home must meet certain standards.  A worker will visit you and together we will tour your home to make sure it meets the requirements.
  • Financial disclosure - We will look at both income and expenses to ensure you have the income necessary to take care of both your family and a foster or adoptive child.  How much you make isn't as important as your ability to pay the bills and your income stability.
  • Child welfare records check - We will run a check on all adults over the age of 18 in your home to see if anyone has been involved in past cases of child abuse or neglect.
  • Personal references - We will ask those who know you best about your ability to be a foster parent.
  • Medical exam - You will need to have your doctor complete a medical reference form. Existing medical conditions won't necessarily preclude you from being an adoptive parent, as long as they don't interfere with your ability to be a parent.