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Are you eligible to adopt?

  • The following are the minimum requirements to begin the application process:
  • Awareness of the variety of complex needs of children being placed on adoption through a Children's Aid Society
  • Residency in York Region
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Good general health
  • Financially self-sufficient
  • Stable relationship for two years (including same-sex couples, common-law, single applicants)
  • For couples applying, that both parents be fully committed to pursuing adoption
  • Willing to engage in the adoption home study and training process
  • Sound mental health
  • No substance abuse; no condoning of illegal substances
  • No criminal charges pending or significant criminal background
  • No verified or suspected incidents of child abuse
  • No significant previous client involvement with a CAS
  • Safe home environment appropriate for a child
  • Ability to carry out essential duties of parenting
  • Ability to ensure a child will have appropriate developmental environment
  • Adequate language and communication skills
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Willingness to work with the agency and other professionals
  • Awareness of adoptive care
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and backgrounds of children
  • Applicants must not be actively pursuing infertility treatments.

There are many steps in the adoption process. Some are very fast, while other steps require more time and careful consideration.