Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #4

"There are no healthy kids avaliable for adoption."

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Getting Started With Adoption

Adoption is a lifelong journey. By coming to the Adoption Council of Ontario website you have already embarked.

The first step, unless you are intending to adopt a close relation, is always going to be becoming AdoptReady by completing the government-mandated adoption homestudy and adoption training programs. Once you have been certified AdoptReady, the way in which you proceed will depend upon the type of adoption you pursue. In Ontario there are four different types of adoption: Private, Public, International, and Relative.


With the right information, getting started in adoption can be painless. It was not long ago Antonella was making her very first steps on her personal adoption journey. Now, through the Adoption Council of Ontario’s AdoptOntario program, her family has been made complete.


Types of Adoption

Adoption in Canada is regulated at the provincial level. In Ontario there are four different types of adoption, with distinct laws and process for each. The four types are:

  • Private Adoption - Adoption directly from birth families in Ontario. Read More
  • Public Adoption - Adoption, through a Children’s Aid Society of children living in care. Read More
  • International Adoption - Adoption of children from other countries. Read More
  • Relative Adoption - Adoption by kin of the child, including step-parents. Read More

Private Practitioners & Children’s Aid Societies

Private Practitioners & Children's Aid SocietiesIf you are looking for your local Children’s Aid Society, please consult the Children’s Aid Society Locator Map.

If you are looking for an adoption agency or independent adoption professional, please consult our Index of Adoption Professionals.

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