APPLICATION & APPROVAL PROCESS
The adoption process may seem intense, but it reflects the sensitive nature and extreme importance of selecting the best new family for a child. Here is a summary of the steps you can expect to go through when applying to adopt a child:
What to expect, step by step
STEP 1 - INQUIRY
Call us at 416.969.8510, extension 7788 to tell us you are interested in becoming a prospective adoptive parent. A resource worker will need approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete a pre-screening telephone interview to determine if you are eligible to proceed to Step 2.
Please note that NCFST will only consider Aboriginal applicants residing in the Greater Toronto Area. We invite all other applicants to contact their local Children's Aid Society.
STEP 2 - APPLICATION
If you are eligible to proceed, an application package will be maied to you with instructions on documentation required to move forward in the adoption process. Once we have received the necessary information from you, a worker will contact you to set up a home visit.
STEP 3 - HOME VISIT
A worker will come to your home to discuss your continued interest in proceeding with the adoption process, and will conduct an initial home safety assessment on your dwelling.
STEP 4 - ASSESSMENT: SAFE HOME STUDY AND PRIDE TRAINING
During this phase, you will participate in several home visits to complete the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE), and fill in forms and questionnaires. All required documents will be gathered. You will attend 11 evening sessions of PRIDE training (three hours per evening for a total of 33 hours).
STEP 5 - HOME STUDY DECISION
At this stage, one of three things will happen:
1. Approval: your home is opened for fostering
2. Withdrawal: you withdraw your application
3. Rejection: your home is not approved for fostering
For more information about becoming an adoptive parent, contact us at 416.969.8510, extension 7788.
Matching You with a Child
Once the home study has been completed and you have been approved as an adoptive parent, NCFST will attempt to match you with potential adoptive children. The adoption worker will contact you when a child or children have been identified, and will give you some background information about the child(ren).
If you would like to be considered for this child, the worker will visit you and go over more detailed information on the child. This will include the child’s medical and family history and any assessments the child has received.
If you are interested in proceeding, your family will be considered at an adoption conference. Often more than one family is considered, and the family that best meets the child’s needs will be chosen. If you are not selected, it does not mean that you will not be able to adopt a child. It means that you were not the ideal match for that particular child, but your family will be considered for other children. This can be difficult and disappointing, so it is important to have a strong support system around you during this time.
When a Match is Made – Transition and Probationary Period
If you are chosen, you will be notified immediately and a first visit with the child will be arranged. A transition schedule will be created in order to help the child move to your home. The transition time period will depend on the child’s age, development, and other factors.