Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, long-term relationships; life-long connections; a family. There are many paths to lifelong connections, which may be different for every child. The CAS works to find the right match between a child and family. Adoption is one very important path to permanency; other options include:
- Return to family, where youth in care are supported to reunite with their first family, where possible;
- Kinship care, where children are placed with extended family or someone who is considered a close family friend;
- Customary care, which recognizes First Nation, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) communal traditions of care;
- Legal custody, where a parent, extended family member, community member or foster parent gains legal guardianship of a child;
- Public adoption, where a child or youth is legally adopted into a new home.
The CAS-HN is actively looking for families interested in adoption, especially those who have the strengths and skills for children and youth who are older, have siblings, have “openness” provisions with their families of origin, and who have complex developmental and health needs. Caregivers who are interested in providing kinship or customary care for children and youth in our community are also needed.
Adoptive parents can be individuals or couples, parents who already have children and want to add to their growing family, as well as adults whose first choice for building their family is through adoption. We welcome and value diversity in our fostering and adoptive community, and know that families come in all different shapes and sizes.
When children and youth leaving care have a permanent family, they experience better outcomes, such as graduating high school and learning independence skills. Hope and support is created for generations to come. Thirteen adoptions were finalized in Haldimand and Norfolk in 2016-17. An adoptee recently called adoption staff “heroes because they helped find my family”.
To reflect the importance of diversity and inclusiveness, “family” refers to
heterosexual couples, same-sex couples and single adults, with or without children.
For more information, please contact: The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk, 1-888-227-5437 www.cashn.on.ca