Many or our clients experiencing unexpected pregnancies come to the Pregnancy Care Centre wanting to know more about the process of adoption. Here are some of the questions we get asked by both clients and included are some questions and answers for prospective parents as well.
Q: What does adoption mean?
A: Adoption is the legal and permanent transfer of parental rights.
Q: Does adoption cost money?
A: The approximate costs for adoptions are as follows:
- Public adoption (adopting a child placed for adoption with the government): $0 – $3000
- Licensed Private Adoption (through an agency): $10,000 – $20,000
- International Adoption (adopting from another country) – $20,000+
Q: What steps do I have to go through to start the adoption process?
A: Adoption is provincially regulated, but generally all adoptions include the following:
- Homestudy: A licensed social worker will assess the home and the prospective parent(s).
- Adoption Readiness Training: You will then be sent for two days of classes to prepare for adopting a child and the process.
Q: How long does it take to get matched with a child?
A: It could take anywhere from 9 months to 9 years, however there are cases when the time frame is shorter.
Q: What is the difference between Open Adoption Vs. Private Adoption?
A: With an Open Adoption the birth parents and the adoptive parents come to an agreement about how much contact (if any) the child will have with the birth parents in the future. This could consist of any situation from sending pictures and yearly updates to meetings when the child is older.
Private Adoption is a situation where the child is given by the birth parents to adoptive parents and the contact is ended then.
Q: Where do I get more information about putting a child up for adoption?
A: Call the Pregnancy Care Centre for more information on giving your child up for adoption.