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Adoption process

This website has information about the process of adoption in Ontario, including:

  • Public adoption
  • Private adoption
  • International adoption, and
  • Adopting a stepchild and kinship adoption

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

French Language Services and Family Law

This section of the FLEW/FODF website describes family law services offered in French in Ontario.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Openness Resources – Adoption Council of Ontario

This section of the Adoption Council of Ontario’s website covers openness and open adoption, providing information and resources on the benefits and challenges of openness. 

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Parenting: Rights and Responsibilities of Young Parents

A booklet for young parents, this version offers information such as legal rights during pregnancy, responsibilities and obligations, splitting up or living separately, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Searching for Adoption Information in Ontario

This section of the provincial government web site explains how Ontario’s adoption information disclosure law allows people who have been involved in an Ontario adoption to search for information about it. It lists who may search for information, what types of information are available to them, and how to access that information.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Adoption process

This section of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has information on the process of adopting a child, with links to these topics:

  • I’m thinking about adopting
  • I’ve decided to adopt
  • Life after adoption

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

CBA Child Rights Toolkit

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit has been developed to improve children’s access to justice in Canada. It is for professionals working in legal and administrative decision-making who want to implement a child-rights based approach in practice and strengthen their advocacy for children. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Parental Recognition: Information for Ontario’s LGBTQ Parents

This web page has information about legal recognition of LGBTQ parents in Ontario, covering the changes in the All Families Are Equal Act that came into effect in 2017.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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A Guide to Procedures in Family Court

This section of the Ministry of the Attorney General web site has information about procedures in family courts in Ontario. It explains what a family law matter is, how to find the right court for a case, and how to find further help.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Adoption in Ontario: Private, Public and Inter-Country

This pamphlet explains the three ways to adopt a child in Ontario, lists requirements to adopt in Ontario, describes the SAFE Home Study and training for parents interesting in fostering or adopting, and explains the timelines for approval of an adoptive applicant.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016