HOW TO ADOPT

 

GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION

If you wish to learn about the process and types of adoption, please access information from the Adoption Council of Ontario on how to adopt.

 

 

Types of Adoption

 
 

PUBLIC ADOPTION

If you wish to pursue Public Adoption, all public adoptions are handled by regional children's aid societies (CAS). You will need to contact the CAS in your local community for further information about their process. CASs vary in the way that they intake and match families to children in need of adoption. 

 


PRIVATE ADOPTION

If you wish to pursue Private Adoption, you may:

  • Contact the MCYS’ Adoption Unit’s Intake Line at (416) 327-4742
  • Locate a Ministry approved adoption practitioner in your area to complete your homestudy
  • Locate licensed agencies or individuals to register with as a prospective adoptive parent.

 

 
 

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

If you wish to pursue International Adoption, you may:

  • Contact the MCYS’ Adoption Unit’s Intake Line at(416) 327-4742
  • Locate a Ministry approved adoption practitioner in your area to complete your homestudy
  • Locate a list of International Adoption Agencies in Ontario to register with as a prospective adoptive parents
 

KINSHIP

Kinship care is provided for children who are in the care of a child welfare agency and are placed with a member of their extended family or community. The standard for assessing and preparing prospective kinship care families is the same as that for evaluating all foster or adoptive caregiver applicants. Families are thoroughly assessed using a process and tools called SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) that assists in determining their capacity to meet a child’s needs for safety, well being and permanence.