You can make an adoption plan at any time during or after your pregnancy. However, the earlier in your pregnancy you begin to consider your options (parenting, temporary care, or adoption), if you choose adoption—the more time you will have to locate a family and reflect on your choice.
Sometimes expectant parents hear, through a family member or a friend, about a family who would like to adopt their child. This is called a matched placement. Even if you know the family that will adopt your child, they will need to be “adopt ready” and prepared. The Ontario Government must approve the placement before […]
All decisions related to the child and the adoption remain the sole responsibility and prerogative of the expectant parents, although you may choose to include your parents in the decision making process or simply for support. The office of the Children’s Lawyer will also meet with you to provide independent legal advice and to ensure […]
Sometimes an expectant mother is not in contact with the birth father during the pregnancy. This will be discussed in counseling and with the licensed adoption professional to determine the best course of action.
Not every birth parent wants to stay in contact with the adoptive family. There are many levels of openness, and these will be discussed when we meet with you.
Can I give my baby a letter, gifts, or photos of myself, the birth father, and members of our families?
Yes! This is definitely acceptable and very much encouraged. Most adoptive families will be thrilled to have such mementos of you so that they can explain to their child who you are and how important you and others were in them joining their family. Your child will also be able to see, and be reminded […]
Yes. You will be given the opportunity to review “family profiles” and if you wish, to meet with them to help make your decision about who will adopt your child.
Yes. You can change your mind and revoke your consent to the adoption up until the revocation period expires. In Ontario, birth parents have 21 days after signing the consents in which they can change their mind. If you do withdraw your consent for the adoption, your child must be returned to you.
Yes. We will provide you with professional counseling services to help you understand all of your options while providing you with unbiased and non-judgemental advice.
There are no costs to the expectant parents for any of the services that are provided in the course of preparing the adoption placement. It is important to understand that no money can be given to the expectant parents by any party for any reason, whether it be to cover medical costs, living expenses, or […]