Who are the children waiting for adoption?
All children waiting to be adopted have in common the need for a loving, caring family to call their own and help them to reach their full potential. Here are some profiles you may encounter:
- Siblings who need to stay together
- Younger Children and Toddlers
- Children from all cultural, religious and economic groups
- Medically fragile or children with special needs, including children who have been exposed to alcohol or drugs before birth
- Children who have lacked effective and safe parenting and who have experienced trauma, neglect and loss
Keep in mind children enter the system through no fault of their own, as victims of neglect, abandonment, or abuse. Some of the children waiting to be adopted may be older, but they are no less deserving of permanent families.
How do children become available for adoption?
Children become available for adoption because:
- Their birth parents decided to make an adoption plan.
- An Ontario court decided that the child must be permanently removed from their birth parents.
We consider many factors when determining whether a child’s best interests will be met through adoption or if another permanency plan is more appropriate. The child’s safety and well-being is of primary concern; therefore our focus is on finding the most appropriate home for the child, rather than on finding a child our adoptive parents. When a child is old enough, he or she will take part in this decision.