Considering Adoption?

There are three types of adoption:

Public
Private
International


Public Adoption
Adopting a child through a Children’s Aid Society is referred to as a public adoption. Children are placed for adoption either because their parents have decided to let someone else parent them or the Ontario Court has decided the parents cannot parent the child. There are no costs associated with adopting a child through a Children’s Aid Society.

If you are interested in a public adoption, contact your local Children’s Aid Society for more information.

Private Adoption
Adopting an infant or child through a private adoption agency is referred to as a private domestic adoption. All private agencies or individuals must be licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to facilitate private adoptions. The majority of the children available for adoption are under the age of six months. They are available for adoption because their parents feel they are unable to raise their child and they have decided to pursue an adoption for their child. Private adoption agencies do charge fees for their services and the costs will vary. Contact an adoption licensee for more information.

For a list of licensees who are licensed to facilitate private adoptions, please click here.
For a list of agencies licensed to facilitate private adoption, please click here.
For a list of licensed international adoption agencies and licensees authorized to facilitate adoptions of children from outside of Canada, please click here.

International Adoption
If you are interested in adopting a child from another country this would be referred to as an international adoption. You will need to contact an international adoption agency that is licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to help you facilitate the adoption. The children available for international adoption are usually available due to socio-economic conditions in their country. The costs for international adoptions vary for each country. For more information, contact an international adoption agency.

For a list of licensed international adoption agencies and licensees authorized to facilitate adoptions of children from outside Canada, please click here.