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FAQ About Adoption

•Cost to Adopt?

There is no cost if adopting through the Children’s Aid Society. Private adoption in Ontario varies from $10,000 to $20,000 and adoption from another country can vary from $20,000 to $30,000, or even more.

•Waiting time to Adopt?

It depends on a number of factors and circumstances, so the time frame is variable. The average length of time is:· Two to four years – healthy Caucasian infant in Ontario or from another province· One to two years – International adoption (depending on country). Variable. In some cases it can be less than one year for children with special needs who are crown wards. Every effort is made to try to find the family that is the best match for the child and able to meet his/her needs.

•Which countries permit adoption by Ontario residents?

There are a number of countries that are open to Ontario residents. See the list of agencies licensed to place children from outside Canada under the section "Adopting from another country". Ontario law requires that you work through a licensed agency. Recent adoptions from out of country have included:

•United States
•Korea (Republic of)
•and several other countries.

•What support can I receive if I adopt a child with special needs?

A. Support and services can take a variety of forms. Some Children's Aid Societies may provide financial support for needed services. Informal supports are available through organized support groups, some of which form around a type of adoption or special needs. Other supports may include special events, seminars and workshops, printed resources, videos, audiotapes and Internet sites. The Adoption Resource Centre, operated by the Adoption Council of Ontario, is a source of information and referral to support groups and services as well as a helpline and printed resources.The agency that places a child with you may also have support services for adoptive families.

•Do you have to be wealthy to adopt?

Absolutely not. Income is not a significant factor for adoption, but rather the ability to provide a stable, secure and loving home.

•Why are there so few babies to adopt?

Many birth parents choose to raise their babies rather than place them for adoption. There are several social services available to assist the birth parent(s) and in many cases there is good family support group to help raise the child.

•Where can I get an adoption home study?

If adopting privately, a home study is conducted by an adoption practitioner approved by the Ministry. If adopting through a Children’s Aid Society, a home study is provided by the agency.

A list of private adoption practitioners is available through the Ontario Ministry of Children. Click here to view it: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/mcys/english/resources/publications/child-practitioners.asp

•Can same sex couples or single adults adopt?


•Who do I contact if I want to adopt internationally?

There are many programs to choose from and many factors to consider. It is a good idea to educate yourself about the options available before committing to a particular program. The Getting Started in Adoption/How to Adopt seminars offered by the Adoption Council of Ontario (in Toronto and London, at present) can help to give you information on the range of adoption programs and questions to ask so that you can make an informed choice. These seminars include parents who have already adopted from various avenues who are pleased to share their experiences with you and can answer questions. International adoption agencies offer individual consultations and information sessions on their programs and these are very good ways to find out specifics on a given program. For a list of international agencies go to: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/mcys/english/resources/publications/child-inter-agencies.asp

•International Adoptions. What does it cost?

Costs can vary from $20,000 to $30,000 and more.

•How long does it take for International Adoptions?

The time frame is variable but usually one to two years, on average.

•Are all children with special needs physically handicapped?

No. Special needs can be the result of:

•Genetic, or

•Are their lifelong implications for children with special needs?

Yes. Life long issues may include:

•Unknown of difficult backgrounds
•Incomplete family or health histories
•Adoption as a sibling group
•Adoption as a toddler, young child or adolescent
•Mental or physical health issues
•Genetic risk factors

As a result, a special needs child may face lifelong issues concerning:

•Sexual abuse
•Physical abuse
•Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
•Cocaine use during pregnancy
•Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Information from: http://www.adoptontario.ca/faq.aspx


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