Adoption is a legal and social process which establishes a parent-child relationship, providing permanence and security for the child.
There have been significant changes in Ontario’s adoption rate as well as in Brant County, and we want to share these with you as they have come to be the cornerstone of our adoption policy.
Ontario’s adoption rate has declined over the past years. Not only is it now socially acceptable for a young single parent to keep their baby, but the birth rate is lower due to birth control measures and the services that help keep families together have also improved.
In addition to these social and cultural changes, Brant FACS has been experiencing a trend in adoption in the last several years. Most of our adoption placements have been occurring within family and community systems known as kin, or kith. For First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children, we are working closely with their Band or affiliated community to establish Customary Care Agreements, which ensure a child’s lifelong cultural safety and permanent connection to their respective community.
If an adoptive placement is required for children outside their family circle, we seek homes based on their specific needs as the needs of the child come first. A successful match only takes place when a family can meet the needs of the child or children (i.e. in the case of a sibling group.)
In these changing times, Brant FACS does not currently have any children waiting for an adoptive home outside of their existing family network and are therefore not currently accepting any new applications for adoption. As a result, we are not accepting any new applications for adoption at this time.
We recognize that this is a challenging time for individuals and couples who wish to adopt. With that said, this does not mean that there are no children in need of an adoptive home within Ontario.
Older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs (e.g. medical or developmental in nature) are available for adoption through Adopt Ontario, which is a photo-listing website that connects children waiting for adoption with families in the province. Should you wish to continue with a child welfare related adoption, you can consult and work with a private adoption practitioner for your PRIDE training and S.A.F.E Homestudy. You may then pursue potential matches on the Adopt Ontario website, which includes the option of having your S.A.F.E homestudy posted on their website for adoption practitioners to access and review.
We wish you well in your adoption journey and sincerely thank you for your interest.
For more information on adoption in Ontario, you may wish to consult the following sources:
- Adoption Council of Ontario: https://www.adoption.on.ca/
- Ministry for Children & Youth Services: This site provides information on public, private and international adoption, including links to private adoption practitioners and agencies within the region. http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/adoption/index.aspx
- Adopt4Life: http//www.adopt4life.com
Additionally, there are still other ways that you can get involved or help our foundation in improving the lives of children and families in the Brant-Brantford community. A few of these include:
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Make a difference in the life of a child. There are children and teens in our community who need you. Learn more at https://brantfacs.ca/programs-services/fostering-kin/
BRANT FACS FOUNDATION
The Brant Family and Children’s Services Foundation was established to provide additional funds in support of the children who are in the care of Brant FACS or children who are unable to ever return home. Learn more at https://brantfacs.ca/foundation-fundraising/