By Kimberly Sanzo, Provincial Parent Liaison
During adoption probation, your CAS worker will assist you in completing a name change on your child’s health card. This card is valid for approximately 2 years then you will receive a renewal notice by mail.
Once you receive the notice, you need to book an appointment to visit a Service Ontario location to complete these changes. You can book your appointment online by visiting: www.serviceontario.ca/appointment
If your child is under 15 years of age, they are not required to attend the renewal.
At your appointment, it is recommended to have all your documentation ready. You will be required to provide your health card and driver’s license as proof of your identity as the applicant for your child.
To process a renewal, you will need:
Your most recent citizenship or immigration document
One document to prove residency in Ontario
One document to prove identity
Your completed application form which is located on the back of the renewal form
For the first renewal, the Service Ontario Agent may have to call the issuing office who had processed the name change during probation as the file needs to be updated. The agent will then complete the application form. You will be provided with a paper copy with your child’s updated health card version code until their new card arrives by mail. This usually take approximately 6-8 weeks from the renewal date to process.
Did you have any difficulties updating your child’s health card post adoption? Share your story with us.