FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION
Do I have to identify as Aboriginal to adopt from NCFST?
Priority is given to Aboriginal adoptive parents. If you do not identify as Aboriginal but would like to be considered as an adoptive parent, we will certainly discuss this with you, but please bear in mind that we rarely place our children with non-Aboriginal families. We would encourage you to contact your local Children’s Aid Society for more information about adoption. Click here to locate the CAS in your area.
How do I get started?
After reviewing the information on adoption on this website, contact our adoption department at 416.969.8510 to request an application package. For more information about the application and approval process, click here.
How long do I have to wait to adopt a child?
There are no standard waiting periods or waiting lists. Everything depends on the right match. Adoption placements are based on the child's need, so the waiting time depends on an appropriate match being made between a child needing adoption, and a family approved for adoption.
Once the match is made, there may be several visits to allow the child to get to know the new family and surroundings before moving into the home. By law, there's 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. This is the time when any problems that might arise in the developing relationship can be worked out. When everybody's ready to complete the adoption, Native Child and Family Services applies to the court for an adoption order. This makes the adopting parents the child's legal parents, and the child a legal member of their family.
Can I adopt as a single applicant?
Yes, we accept single applicants as long as you have some form of a support system around you.
Why would I not be able to proceed to the Home Study phase of the process?
There could be several reasons why an applicant would not proceed to the Home Study phase. We are looking for Native applicants who are healthy, emotionally and financially stable and are able to provide a good loving home. We expect that our applicants not have a criminal record of a serious, recent and relevant nature.
Do we have to be wealthy to adopt a child?
No. We are looking for financially stable applicants who are able to provide for a child.
Will adopting through NCFST cost anything?
No. There are no fees involved in adopting a child through a Children’s Aid Society.
Can I specify what type of child I am looking to adopt?
Yes. Through your Home Study process, you will explore what type of child you and your family would feel most comfortable with and what type of child would be the best match for your family.
Can I adopt more than one child at a time?
You can only adopt more than one child at a time if the children are siblings. In all other cases, if you would like to adopt more than one child, you must wait until your first adoption has been completed before initiating the adoption process for the second time. If you pursue adoption for a second time, you will need to have an update of your Home Study, medical reports, reference letters and police checks.