It’s all about the children.
The Ontario Child Youth and Family Services Act 2017 authorizes Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville (FCSLLG) to assist Ontario parents who want to adopt.
Adoptions can also be arranged through private agencies or directly through the courts if the parent is a relative or step-parent. There may be costs involved in these types of adoptions.
Are the birth parents involved?
Birth parents may provide input about the kind of family they would like for their child. FCSLLG considers the values, lifestyle, education, cultural heritage, and other characteristics that are important to birth parents when choosing a child’s adoptive parents.
In Ontario, there has recently been an emphasis on providing more openness between adoptive and birth families. The degree of openness a child needs, a birth parent wants, or an adopting family can accept, is carefully examined early in the adoption process. There is a range of openness options however, the goal of openness is to support continuity of relationships, community and culture for the adopted child. All these considerations are based on the needs and best interests of the child. We are looking for adoptive families who value and will maintain these connections for the adopted child
What are the legal rights of an adopted child?
A child who is legally adopted in Ontario acquires the same rights as if the adopted child had been born to the adoptive parents.
There is no set waiting time or waiting list.
There is no standard timeframe for a placement. The time can vary depending on the child(ren) being referred for adoption and your own family’s strengths and experiences. However, the more flexible a family is to the age and needs of a child, the more likely a match may occur.
There are currently more applicants wanting to adopt than there are children available for adoption given FCSLLG’s emphasis on finding placements for a child within his/her own extended family network.
Once a match is made, there will be several visits to allow the child to get to know the new family and surroundings before moving into the new home. There is a minimum six-month adjustment period from the time a child moves into the new home until the adoption is completed. A longer adjustment period may be necessary depending on the needs of the child and the adoptive family. In addition, and if applicable, an adoption cannot be finalized without the court process being completed that addresses openness with the child’s birth family, including siblings.
Adoption is a step-by-step process.
Anyone interested in adoption should call Family and Children’s of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville at 1-855-667-2726. We will do our best to answer any questions and provide relevant information, to help an applicant decide if they’re ready to move onto the next step.