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Adoption Options

SHORE Centre is a pro-choice organization that supports your choices in all situations.  Our Pregnancy Options Program offers safe, confidential, non-directed and non-judgmental information and support for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. We treat everyone who comes to SHORE Centre as an individual. There is no “one size fits all” approach to making reproductive health decisions. We will support you no matter what you decide and then help you through the adoption process.

Adoption is a way for a child to become part of a new family, creating a permanent legal relationship between the adoptive parents and the child. At SHORE Centre we can guide you through the early steps of considering adoption and connect you with the appropriate agencies regarding your decision.

On this page you can learn more about:

• Emotional support before adoption
• Emotional support after placing a child for adoption
• Adoption resources 

Choosing a licensed adoption professional (adoption counsellor) is an important first step in the adoption process. When placing a child for adoption you may choose to work with a private adoption licensee or a local Children’s Aid Society. It is illegal in Ontario to offer any sort of financial incentive to birth parents who have placed their child for adoption.

Not all adoptions look the same. Together with your adoption counsellor you will create an adoption plan to suit your needs. Your adoption plan will include choosing what kind of contact (if any) you may want to have with the child after the adoption takes place. This is commonly called an openness agreement. For example, you may want to be able to exchange pictures and letters, have visits with the child, or have no ongoing contact with the child.

Support Before and After Adoption

We offer a safe, non-judgemental space to ask questions, explore your options, and talk about how you are feeling with a counsellor who will support your needs and goals.

Support Before Adoption

Decision making support, information, and referrals for pregnant people who are looking for assistance in learning about the adoption process.

Some of the things you may want to talk about at this appointment are:

• Your rights when placing a child for adoption
• How adoption works and who is involved
• The process of selecting an adoptive family
• What to expect during the adoption process
• Questions you have about adoption

Want to book an adoption options session? Click here to book now.

Support After Adoption

Support for people who have placed a child for adoption within the last two years. These sessions are tailored to address your individual needs.

Some of the things you may want to talk about at this appointment are:

• What the process of placing a child for adoption was like for you
• Unpacking your emotions since the adoption took place
• Making meaning of your experience
• Sharing your story in a supportive, pro-choice environment
• How to talk to family, friends, and others about your experience

Want to book an after adoption support session? Click here to book now.

Adoption Resources

Public Adoption

During a public adoption birth parents or expectant parents are connected with adoptive families through the help of a Children’s Aid Society. There are no fees for birth parents who would like to place a child for adoption through the public system. Counselling and support is provided to the birth family at no charge.

Next steps if you are considering public adoption:

Private Adoption

During a private adoption, birth parents or expectant parents are connected with a family who would like to adopt a child with the help of an adoption professional. There are no fees for birth parents who would like to place a child for adoption. All fees associated with the adoption process are paid for by the adoptive family. Counselling and support is provided to the birth family at no charge.

Next steps if you are considering private adoption:

Looking for emotional support or need help connecting to an adoption counsellor?

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