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Adoption

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Adoption

The Adoption Process

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
  • You will be connected with an administrative support staff who will who review the adoption process and requirements and invite you to attend an orientation session.

Step 2: Become an Applicant

  • Following the orientation session, you will be provided with an application which will initiate the prescreening process. 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

  • Following the completion of prescreening, you will be assigned an adoption case worker. Your case worker will conduct a SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) HomeStudy
  • The SAFE HomeStudy assesses your willingness and capabilities to become an adoptive 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
    • PRIDE Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education
    • 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
    • PRIDE Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education

     

    Step 4: 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 5: Finding a Match

    • Finding an appropriate match takes time. When a child becomes available for adoption, we meet with potential families, taking into consideration the child’s culture, the child’s interests and personality and the child’s wishes. We take into account how a child will adjust, not just in the short-term, but for their whole life.
    • 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)