Adoption

Adoption is a legal process, that gives a child a new family. It is intended to provide the child with a permanent home and family that are able to care for and meet the needs of the child.

What is adoption?

  • Adoption in Ontario is carried out in four different ways.
  • In Ontario, there are maternity homes where a pregnant woman can go if she cannot stay with her family while she is pregnant.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides information about adoption in Ontario.

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How do I know if adoption is the right choice for me?

Adoption may be right for you if:

  • You believe you should continue the pregnancy but cannot raise a child at this time.
  • You believe this child will have a chance for a better life in another family.
  • You are willing to get good medical care, go through labour and delivery of the baby and make adoption arrangements.
  • You can consider the feelings of your partner and your family but ultimately understand that a pregnancy option decision belongs to you.
  • You are willing to wait for another time to have a child to raise.
  • You can accept that there is a chance you may never see the child once he or she is born.
  • You realize there is a possibility the child may re-enter your life at a later time.
  • You are prepared to handle the emotional aspects of adoption.
  • It is also important to remember that prenatal care for yourself and your baby is important.

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What do I need to know if I am considering adoption for my baby?

  • If you choose adoption, the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services has information that will be of interest to you.

The Health Department Sexual Health Clinic offers free and confidential counselling regarding all pregnancy options.

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