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Adoption Overview

Adoption is a form of permanent care

When a child is no longer able to permanently live with his or her natural family and both extended family and members of their community have been explored to no avail, Family and Children’s Service of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville will explore adoption to ensure that the child’s needs for permanency, stability and lifelong support are achieved.

Children and youth of all ages can be adopted and come from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, as well as complex lived experiences.

We have more applicants interested in adoption than available children for placement. Our focus is to match children with the best family who can meet his/her unique needs.

  • Residency in Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Single or couple (stable relationship)
  • Good general health: physical and mental/emotional
  • Financially self-sufficient; able to financially support future needs of child
  • Safe home environment suitable for child; adequate space
  • No criminal charges pending or significant criminal background *
  • No verified history of child abuse *
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Willingness to work with the agency and other professionals
  • Understanding of adoptive care including the importance of openness
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and backgrounds of children

*Note-Any previous child welfare or police involvement will be evaluated on an individual basis.