Ontario Adoption Process

For those of you who are interested in learning a little bit more about the Ontario Adoption Process here is a little bit of a taster of what you have to go through!

STEP 1 – PRIDE Training
STEP 2 – Home Study (Sometimes after choosing an agency)
STEP 3 – Agency (Sometimes before starting your home study)
STEP 4 – Profile

PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information Development & Education)
PRIDE pre-service program is a 27-hour training course which is interconnected and a mandatory part of the SAFE homestudy process.

Topics Covered:

  • Local Adoption – Private & Public
  • International Adoption
  • Attachment & Bonding
  • Grief & Loss
  • Abuse
  • Adoption Legislation
  • Parenting Skills & Discipline
  • And so much more!

OUR PRIDE TRAINING  was done by Sofie Stergianis (www.adoptioneducation.ca)

These are the elements that are included in the Home Study Process

  • Training (PRIDE).  The trainings help prospective parents better understand the needs of children waiting for families and help families decide what type of child or children they could parent most effectively.
  • Interviews.  Several interviews will take place with our adoption practitioner.  These interviews will help enable our adoption practitioner to better understand your family and assist you with an appropriate placement.
  • Home Visit.  Home visits primarily serve to ensure your home meets proper standards.  It is used as a tool to see how a child will fit into your home and it is another way for them to get to know you even more.
  • Health Statements & Medical Assessments.
  • Income Statements.
  • Background Checks
  • Autobiographical Statement
  • References.  References help the social worker form a more complete picture of your family and support network.  If possible, references should be individuals who have known you for several years, who have observed you in many situations, and who have visited your home and know of your interest in and involvement with children.

That is what the birth mothers who are looking for a family to parent their child look at to consider an adoptive family for their child.  This includes a lot of info about us, our relationship, our family, hobbies and a whole lot of pictures!

We also asked about the matching process and how it all works. She said once you are matched and you decide yes, and accept the match – between then and meeting the child can take a while… Once you meet the child it could be 1-3 weeks…. But the time between the match and meeting the child is COMPLETELY up the in air depending on CAS load, the foster family, the child, paper work, medical stuff… All kinds of things can determine that time frame. Anytime between a day and a few weeks. She said that is the hardest wait in the whole process – way worse than just waiting for a match!

ARE (Adoption Resource Exchange)
The conference is a semi-annual event hosted by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services that helps locate and match adoptive families with Ontario children needing adoption.

Many of you have also asked about the Ontario Open Adoption Records and how that works…

Starting June 1, 2009, adopted adults and birth parents can get more information about their past. Ontario’s adoption records are now open for the first time since 1927.

Getting information
Once they reach the age of 18, adopted individuals can apply for copies of their birth registration and adoption order. Birth parents can also apply once the adopted adult has reached the age of 19. While there is no standard for adoption orders, they may contain:

  • The adopted person’s birth name and adoptive name
  • The date and place of birth
  • The names of the birth parents

Protecting privacy
Adopted adults and birth parents who want to protect their privacy can also file:

  • A notice of contact preference to specify how they would like to be contacted
  • A no contact notice if they do not want to be contacted, but are willing to have their identifying information released
  • A disclosure veto if the adoption was finalized before September 1, 2008. This will prevent their identifying information from being released.

Finding family
While the Access to Adoption Records Act, 2008 helps people find their birth and adoption information, it does not help them locate their family. People who want to get in touch with their birth relatives can add their name to Ontario’s voluntary Adoption Disclosure Register.

  • Children’s aid societies from across the province provide information through videos and display booths about Ontario children in need of adoptive parents.
  • Children’s Aid Society adoption workers are available to answer questions about the children presented.
  • General information regarding adoption and other services for children and families in Ontario.
ADOPTION BOOKS WE RECOMMEND (or at least ones we’ve read)
Best Kids’ Adoption Story Books
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr

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