Adoption Services

Adoption offers children who are not able to be raised in their birth families an opportunity for permanence, stability and love. Their families experience the many rewards that come with parenting a child, and the special knowledge that they have opened up their hearts and homes to a child in need.

OUR GREATEST NEED IS TO FIND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES WHO CAN PROVIDE A SAFE AND LOVING HOME TO:

  • children between the ages of six months and six years
  • children with special needs
  • children with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • sibling groups.

 

Learn more about adopting from those who have done it

 

Our adoptive families talk about their experiences

This video features some of our adoptive parents talking about the joy they have experienced through adoption.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Adoption

Click on each of the following questions to reveal the answers.

 

Who are the Children That Are Placed for Adoption?

  • Newborn to 18 years (but primarily 6 months to 6 years), with various life experiences and abilities
  • Identify or have families who identify as Catholic
  • Come with immense potential and a need for loving, supportive families

Why Do Children Become Eligible for Adoption?

  • Most are available due to a court decision terminating parental rights
  • A small number of children are placed for adoption voluntarily by their birth mothers

What is Adoption?

  • The permanent placement of a child with a adoptive family
  • A viable and rewarding way to build a family
  • Done through both child welfare agencies and private adoption agencies

What Does Becoming an Adoptive Parent Mean?

  • Making a child a permanent part of your family
  • Caring for a child and their physical, spiritual, emotional, and social development
  • When appropriate, providing opportunities for birth parents to participate in the lives of their birth children

What are the Key Qualities of being an Adoptive Parent?

The most important qualities considered in the selection of Adoptive Parents are:

  • The desire and ability to love, nurture and parent a child
  • Patience, flexibility and consistency
  • The desire to be part of a child’s life story.

Who can become an Adoptive Parent with the CCAS of Hamilton?

  • You can be single or a couple, with or without your own children
  • You must be Catholic
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You may own or rent your home
  • You must be self-supporting
  • You may work outside the home
  • You must submit a vulnerable sector screening report by police and be approved through a Home Study
  • You must complete the Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training
  • You must be willing to work within the guidelines and philosophies of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

What Supports will a Adoptive Family Receive?

  • We offer a range of services delivered by experienced staff, intended to provide you with information, guidance and support. We want you to be active participants in this process and ultimately make the decision that is best for you and your family as to the type of child you feel best suited to parent. We provide extensive information and preparation to our adoptive families about any child they may be interested in.

 

What are the Next Steps?

  • Contact our agency and register to attend an in-person Adoption Information Session or an online Foster/Adoption Information Webinar (click here for date and time)
  • If you are unsure about adoption as a way of building your family, or have questions about any part of the adoption process, please feel free to contact one of our adoption workers at 905-525-2012 x.3125.
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