The Adoption Process

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The Adoption Process

Post  Admin on Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:31 pm

Information from: http://www.durhamcas.ca/adoptionprocess.php

"The Adoption Process
So, you are interested in adopting through Durham Children's Aid Society...
There are many children in Ontario who are waiting for an adoptive family. We are delighted that families or individuals are interested in our children and our adoption program.

Are you eligible to adopt?

The following are the minimum requirements to begin the application process:

-Residency in Durham Region
-Minimum 18 years of age
-Good general health
-Financially self-sufficient
-Stable relationship for two years (including same-sex couples, common-law, single applicants)
-Consent of all immediate family members
-Demonstrated healthy individual and family histories
-Sound mental health
-No substance abuse; no condoning of illegal substances
-No criminal charges pending or significant criminal background
-No verified or suspected incidents of child abuse
-No significant previous client involvement with a CAS
-Adequate living and sleeping premises for a child
-Demonstrated ability to carry out essential duties of parenting
-Ability to ensure a child will have appropriate developmental environment
-Adequate language and communication skills
-Willingness to learn new skills
-Willingness to work with the agency and other professionals
-Adequate understanding of adoptive care
-Adequate understanding of circumstances around which children come into the care of CAS
-Sensitivity to cultural differences and backgrounds of children

There are many steps in the adoption process. Some are very fast, while other steps require more time and careful consideration.

If you are interested in adoption please call us. We will do our best to answer all of your questions and we will send you an information package, as well as an application form.

Finding a family for our children

In planning for the adoption of a child, the CAS selects adoptive parents that are capable of meeting the needs of the child.

The agency is committed to the ongoing local and provincial recruitment of prospective adoptive families who are able to meet the special needs of children available for adoption.

We may consider some of the following when choosing an adoptive home:

-Parent's strengths and abilities
-Experience with children and dealing with difficult situations
-Extended family support
-Parent's ability and willingness to cope with child's needs now and in the future
-Experience with adoption
-Ability and willingness to accept natural family involvement if in best interest of child
-Culturally similar background as child
-Ability to work within agency structure

The agency ensures that, where appropriate, the wishes of the child are taken into consideration in the selection of an adoptive family in accordance with the best interests of the child.

Once a family has been chosen the adoption worker meets with them to share non-identifying information about the child, his or her life experiences, health and family background to ensure that the adoptive family is accepting of the child's background and needs.

Where it is determined that there are no prospective adoptive families within our jurisdiction who can meet the special needs of a child, we broaden the search. An adoption worker compiles a non-identifying profile of the child that is sent to the other CAS's within Ontario.

Where the search within the province does not produce a suitable family, we present the child's profile at the bi-annual Adoption Resource Exchange in Toronto where anyone in the province with an approved Adoption Home Study can view information about all children currently available for adoption. The child's profile can also be placed in a newspaper advertisement called "Today's Child."
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Last edited by Janet Van Camp on Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:57 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : to clarify this is not a post made by DCAS)

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