WHO ARE THE CHILDREN?
Children are placed for adoption only when it is determined that this is the best option for them. We have successfully coordinated the adoption of children of all ages and stages of development. The majority are aged one and older.
These children come from a variety of backgrounds, from bands across Canada. Some have a birth parent who is African-Canadian, Caribbean, Caucasian, or of another background.
Some are siblings, waiting for a family to adopt them together. Most of the older children waiting for adoption have had painful experiences and need time to adjust to a new home. Others may have developmental or physical challenges.
Not all children in the care of NCFST are available for adoption. Many are living temporarily with foster families while we work with their birth families to help them function better.
Other children stay in long-term foster care as a matter of choice. Either they don’t want to try adoption, or a judge has granted access to certain people in their birth families. This happens when it’s thought that visits with relatives are more important to the child’s well being than breaking ties and starting a new life in an adoptive family.
Because NCSFT workers have the opportunity to know and understand the children in their care, they help assess if adoption is in a child’s best interests, and if so, what kind of home would meet the child’s needs. If a child is old enough, he or she takes part in this decision.