Are you Canadian or are you interested in learning more about how to adopt in Canada? Read on for some top questions asked by those interested in adoption in Canada.
1. What is the cost to adopt in Canada?
There are several factors that play into the cost of adoption. These factors may include the type of adoption you undertake, whether you work with a licensed agency and any travel costs depending on the province you reside in. Below are some figures:
Public (foster care): $0-$3,000
Licensed Private Agency: $10,000-$20,000
As you can see, it costs very little to adopt through the public welfare system.
2. What are the qualifications to adopt?
Qualifications may differ between provinces. This means that depending on where you live, the regulations and qualifications may change slightly. Qualifications will also depend on whether you adopt through an agency, through the public welfare system, or internationally. One qualification that is standard among all types of adoption is home studies. Every potential adoptive parent will have to complete a home study which is conducted by a qualified social worker. Most provinces do require some training or preparation before you adopt a child.
3. What is a home study?
A home study, which is conducted by a qualified social worker, is an in-depth application and interview process. Though home study requirements vary between provinces, many require references, background checks, and home visits.
4. How long does the adoption process take?
The process can last from nine months to nine years. This depends upon the type of adoption you undertake, and the process of the country involved if you are adopting internationally. One thing you can do to speed up the process is to become educated, informed, and proactive.
5. What kinds of adoption are available in Canada?
There are five main types of adoption in Canada. These include: public domestic, private domestic, international adoption, adopting a stepchild, and a kinship adoption. A kinship adoption is the adoption of a relative.
6. How do I get started with the adoption process?
The first step to take in the adoption process is to get informed. Learn more about the adoption process in your province. Find out about the laws and requirements of adoption for your province. Know your facts before you decide anything!
7. Who can help us get started?
There are many great resources out there for potential Adoptive parents. A good place to start would be the Adoption Council of Canada. They offer How-to-Adopt seminars in some provinces. Interview anyone you know that has adopted before. They can give you insight on the process. You can also join support groups as well as contact adoption agencies in your area.
8. Can anyone adopt in Canada?
In theory, yes, but there are some restrictions. You must be a Canadian citizen over the age of 18 with no criminal history. Gays and lesbians can adopt, as well as singles.