Birth and adoptive parents exchange names
and identifying information. An openness
agreement is made between both sets of
parents and includes on-going visits.
Only some identifying details are shared and
updates are received by birth parents through
pictures and letters.
No direct contact is involved.
No names or identifying details are shared with
your child or adoptive family.
Adoptions are handled by a private adoption licensee or agency. The birth parents are involved in selecting a family. No cost is involved for the birth family. Adoptive parents pay.
Adoptions are handled, paid for and regulated by provincial governments. More tightly controlled. No cost is involved for the birth family. Free for adoptive parents.
1. birth parent(s) provides social/medical history about themselves and family
2. birth parent(s) reviews profiles of prospective families
3. baby is placed with the adoptive family at birth
4. ‘consent to adopt’ form is signed when the baby is 7 days old
5. birth parent(s) have up to 21 days to change their mind on the adoption
6. the adoption becomes final within the first year
some things to think about…
Have I considered the benefits of placing my child for adoption?
Have I considered the risks associated with placing my child for adoption?
Which risks and benefits matter most to me?
What if I decide to change my mind?
Do I prefer more or less openess?
What kind of family would I like my baby to have?
How do my values and beliefs impact an adoption decision?
Do I have someone I trust to process this adoption decision with?
What will I think about my decision in 20 years?