Steps Towards Adoption
To preserve and nurture an Aboriginal child’s identity, culture and traditions, NCFST will only consider Aboriginal applicants when placing children on adoption. Applicants must be prepared to maintain connections to the family of origin and/or identified Aboriginal community or band. This is a life long commitment. Adopt candidates must satisfactorily complete a SAFE home study and PRIDE pre-service training.
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.
When the adopted family has successfully completed the probationary period and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has approved the placement, the adoption will be finalized through the Courts.