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Adoption Services

Adoption is the legal process through which a child becomes part of a new family. It is intended to provide the child permanence and security. The CFSA (Child and Family Services Act) regulates the adoption of children in Ontario and protects the rights of everyone involved in an adoption; the child, the child’s birth parents and the adoptive parents.

Are you thinking of adopting a child?

Parents who adopt must be mature and flexible to meet the needs of children who come from a variety of backgrounds. They may also need to develop awareness and special skills so the child feels comfortable in their new family. When you contact the CAS about adoption you will be provided with an information package and subsequently an adoption worker will attend your home to discuss the process and answer any questions you might have. If you decide to proceed, a Home Study will be conducted. Participation in training is required. Working through this process assists in the decision whether adoption is right for you and what type of child best fits into your family.

Are you thinking about placing your child for adoption?

It may help to discuss your options with a CAS worker to make the best plan for your child. The decision is still yours, whether you keep your child or choose adoption.

About Adoption Disclosure

In May 2008, the Ontario legislature passed an adoption information disclosure law called “Access to Adoption Records Act, 2008” which gives adopted adults and birth parents more rights to information and privacy through the Adoption Disclosure Register.

For more information about adoption, please call the CAS-HN at 519-587-5437 or 1-888-CAS-KIDS to speak to an adoption worker; or visit the Ministry of Children and Youth website at: www.children.gov.on.ca

Helping Children and Youth find their Forever Families

Adoption is an option for over 8,000 children and youth in Ontario

November is Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario and all over the province, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies are spreading the message that all children and youth deserve to have forever families and lifelong connections they can count on.

What is a forever family? It’s a lifelong, permanent connection to an adult through adoption, legal custody, kinship care (care by a relative or someone known to the child), or customary care. Having this connection is extremely important as it provides an adult to turn to through all of life’s celebrations and challenges; it’s a safe place to come home to, and a sense of stability all of which are so important to the development of a child. Last year, more than 830 children were connected to their forever family by adoption through the public system. Over 3,000 children found permanency through legal custody, adoption, kinship care, or customary care.

There are more than 8,000 children and youth in the care of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies who are looking for their forever family. The majority of these children and youth are between the ages of 13 and 18, yet they represent a small percentage of those being adopted. Last year, children between 13 and 18 represented 61% of the 8,000 children needing permanent families, yet only 3.6% of these children were adopted through Ontario’s public adoption system. Regardless of their age or situation, all of these children need a permanent connection. To help support these children and youth, the government of Ontario announced subsidies to families, who adopt or become legal custodians to sibling groups, and/or youth over the age of ten years in June. Visit http://bit.ly/SVRE9z to read more about the announcement.

Some of the children needing forever families are siblings looking to stay together. For Farion and Tracy they knew they wanted to grow their family but didn’t know how special the connection to their children would be. “Although we are grateful to have each other, somehow we felt that something was missing from our lives. Like a puzzle that isn’t quite complete without the last piece. That is until we met siblings Katie and Barry.”

“Having these children to share our lives with is such a great gift. At the end of the day we want our children to know that they will always have a place where they feel safe and loved. We’ve found the piece that was missing from our puzzle,” said Farion and Tracy.

Other children needing forever families are children with special needs. For Becky and Mitchell*, adoption came as an unexpected surprise. “One of the students in a special needs class I came to work at was living in a foster home, the same home he had been living in since he was a year old. When the placement suddenly became disrupted he was abruptly moved to a new home, and his world turned upside down. David returned to school after this a very scared and confused little boy. He would make comments about just wanting a family to love him, and didn’t want to go “home”. Mitchell and I knew David had to be a part of our family.”

“Later we met Sam who has cerebral palsy. Of course, Mitchell and I couldn’t resist falling for Sam as well, and we started making inquiries about adopting him in the fall of that year. We wouldn’t change the path that led us to be the parents of these amazing people. They are happy, healthy, secure, and loved with us, and that makes all the difference to them and us.”

The Haldimand and Norfolk Children’s Aid Society is looking for people who are open to parenting special needs children, sibling groups and/or older children. “For us, adoption has always been a natural process for creating a family….Older kids are awesome, especially once they hit an age where they have distinct personalities,” said Elizabeth, adopted mother of an older child with special needs.

For more information on adoption contact The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-227-5437.

Bring Our Children Home


The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk with the support of CD 98.9 FM in Simcoe has developed a specialized recruitment campaign which aims to find homes for children and youth in the Outside Paid Resource (OPR) system living outside the communities of Haldimand and Norfolk.

OPR’s are independently owned and operated treatment foster care homes and group homes where care is provided to children and youth in a small group setting. They are licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and are required to renew their licenses annually.

Unfortunately, there is a critical shortage of foster homes in Haldimand and Norfolk that can manage the behaviour or specialized treatment needs of some of the children and youth that come into care necessitating the use of group homes.

CD 98.9 FM has agreed to host a special, morning show broadcast on Monday, May 17, 2010 which will feature stories from youth in group homes, interviews with youth, foster parents, adoptive parents and Society staff. The broadcast will begin at 6:00 am and continue until 9:00 am taking the form of a “radiothon” style, live recruitment campaign.

The broadcast will feature child specific profiles where radio hosts will intermittently make public pleas to the audience to foster or adopt a specific youth or child.

The campaign will provide a wonderful opportunity to bring youth and children back to their communities. It is our hope that through this very unique and transparent public plea to “bring our children home” we can recruit suitable homes for some of our youth and children.

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News Release:

Every child deserves a family and that is why the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) are partnering to advance “one day, every child in Ontario will have a family.”

During November, the OACAS and the ACO are promoting Adoption Awareness Month to remind Ontarians that adoption is an option for many children and youth in care.

“There are more than 9,200 Crown wards in Ontario and every one of them deserves a permanent family,” said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS. “There are a number of ways to help children and youth find a family and adoption is one very important option.”

The campaign aims to raise awareness of adoption and increase the number of children adopted. Resources and information for service providers are available to help improve families’ experience of adoption; to make the connection for children in care to families looking to adopt; and to support families after they have adopted. The campaign will feature a public service announcement, brochure and on-line resources.

Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) work with children and families and are responsible for placing children for adoption. The Adoption Council of Ontario works with CASs and adoption practitioners and other organizations, providing information and a service which helps match prospective parents to children waiting for families. “Adoption is ‘the best’ word you can hear because it means long-term and you no longer have to worry about always having to switch places,” Advises Jessica Widmer who was adopted at age 8. *

At March 31, 2009, CASs placed 865 children with adoptive families, of them:
• 628 children aged 0 to 5
• 217 children aged 6 to 12
• 16 youth aged 13 to 15
• 4 youth aged 16 to 18

Last year the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk placed 16 children and youth with adoptive families. At this time, teens and school age children are in the greatest need of adoptive homes in Haldimand and Norfolk.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is part of a free, public adoption system in Ontario, which includes support, training and education. CASs are always looking for permanent homes for children and youth of all ages and offer many options including adoption, kinship care arrangements, legal custody and long-term foster care.

Those interested in adoption are encouraged to contact The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (227-5437) for more information about the process, orientation or information evenings. AdoptOntario is also a valued resource for information that will help match people interested in adoption with waiting children.

OACAS and ACO launch Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario



 TORONTO – The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) are launching a campaign to increase awareness about the thousands of children and youth in care who are waiting for a family.

The OACAS and the ACO are promoting adoption for children in care, through the Adoption Awareness campaign during November, because “one day, every child in Ontario will have a family.”

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 75 Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, 3rd floor, major intersection Church and Front streets.

What: OACAS and ACO will launch Adoption Awareness Month with guest speakers:

Robin Cardozo is an adoptive parent and was a member of the Ontario Government’s Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption.

Paula Schuck is an adoptive mother and freelance journalist from London, Ontario, cofounder of the London Coalition of Adoptive Families and the Canadian Coalition of Adoptive Families.

Aleisha Jane Murray Deece-Cassidy is a Grade 8 student who loves math and enjoys speaking publicly about adoption. She hopes to make many people aware of the joys and challenges associated with the adoption process

Please contact your local Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk for more details at 1-888-227-5437.

Walter Gretzky visits the CAS booth at the Norfolk County Fair


The weather at the 2009 Norfolk County Fair didn’t appear to deter over one-hundred thousand people from passing through the gates this year, according to Fair administration.

Rain and gusting winds affected attendance at the Caledonia Fair. On the final day of the Caledonia Fair wafting rain caused damage to the Society’s outdoor tent and display banners.

Fortunately, Society volunteers and staff were immune from the elements at the Norfolk Fair in our display booth inside the commercial building.

One of the highlights of the event was a visit from Walter Gretzky, who stopped by the Children’s Aid booth to discuss the need for foster families in our communities.

Here are some combined figures regarding total attendance and service inquiries for both Fairs:

  1. 1, 930 people visited the CAS booth
  2. 63 Foster Care inquires
  3. 18 Adoption inquiries
  4. 21 Volunteer inquiries
  5. 183 Fresh Air Fund Inquiries

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk would like to thank all those who stopped by to talk to us about our services and inquire about adoption and fostering.

Here are some more more images from both fairs:

Caledonia Fair


Norfolk County Fair


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