Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) recognizes the historic abuse of adoption practices directed towards First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. NCFST will make exhaustive efforts to ensure that a child remains connected to their caregiver, family, band or identified community and shall consider openness orders or agreements before the child is placed on adoption. The child, if over the age of 7, will be provided with their own legal counsel through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) to ensure their voice is heard during the process.
In rare situations where reunification of a child with their biological parents or alternative care providers is not successful through adoption may be considered.
Steps Towards Adoption
Before placing a child on adoption, NCFST engages in a thorough matching process to ensure candidates can best meet the needs of the child. Under the recent changes to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA), birth parents and bands will be strongly encouraged to participate in the matching process and provide their input and guidance.
A child is placed with a family for a probationary period. Adoption probation usually lasts several months allowing the Permanency Planning Worker to assess the relationship and to determine if the candidates are actively meeting the needs of the child.