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Adoption is a legal process that gives a new family to a child whose birth family cannot care for him or her. In Ontario, adoptions can be arranged through Children's Aid Societies, private adoption agencies, or directly through the Courts if you are a relative or stepparent.

Each Children's Aid Society is responsible for adoption in the area it serves and the children who are in the Society's care waiting for adoption. There are children of all ages and stages of development in the Society's care that can be adopted. These children come from a variety of cultural, racial, ethic and religious backgrounds. Some are brothers and sisters waiting for a family who can adopt them together. Many of the children waiting to be adopted have had painful experiences and need time to adjust to a new home. Others may have developmental or physical challenges. Each child is different but all can benefit from becoming part of a warm and loving family.

Adoption placements are based on the child's needs so that waiting time depends on an appropriate match being made between a child needing adoption and a family approved for adoption. Adoption must be in the child's best interests.

Starting the Adoption Process:

When you contact the Children's Aid Society about adopting a child, you will be invited to a meeting to learn more about adoption. At the meeting, you will be able to speak with an adoption worker as well as with families who have already adopted children.

The Children's Aid Society of Oxford County offers a nine-session P.R.I.D.E. Pre-Service Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) for those interested in adopting. A Society worker will also conduct a home study that involves several visits to your home. During the home study process, you will be encouraged to assess your own attitudes and abilities. By working together through this process, a decision can be made about whether adoption is right for you and what kind of child or children you could parent.

Individuals and couples are invited to learn more about adoption through the Children's Aid Society of Oxford County by calling the Society at (519) 539-6176 and asking to speak to an Adoption Worker.

Adoption Disclosure Services:

Information, counselling and referral services are available to adult adoptees and their birth family members who wish to learn about or re-establish contact with someone separated by adoption. Individuals may seek non-identifiying information such as social or medical history or may request to meet a birth child or parent. Individuals can expect a waiting period for these services except for emergency situations.