Adoption Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the adoption process take?
The adoption process varies from case to case. Generally you can expect the process to take anywhere from 6-12 months (or longer) after the child is legally free for adoption to finalize the process.
What is the “Adoption process”?
Whether you become licensed or not, each family must undergo an extensive study. This includes background checks, information gathering, obtaining references, medical evaluations, training, etc. Once your study is complete and you are matched with a child, you will begin the process of finalizing the adoption. The process includes securing subsidy (if available), obtaining consent and filing the legal paperwork.
What is adoption assistance?
Adoption assistance is a form of support. It can be financial through monthly reimbursements or medical through additional insurance. Eligibility for financial or medical assistance varies from each case. Subsidy supports are often available for the adoption of sibling groups and older youth.
Does it cost anything to adopt?
When adopting a child through the child welfare system, there are no fees for services. These services include completing the home study, filing legal forms with the court, etc. Any fees that are required for the process are often reimbursed through the State and/or this agency. Each case is unique so this may not be the case for everyone.
What is consent?
The process of obtaining consent is what the case manager does to obtain permission of the state (who holds the legal custody of the child) to request that the legal custody change to the adoptive parent. Consent must be obtained for the adoption to be approved as Family Service & Children’s Aid can only make a recommendation and not a decision about any child who is a ward of the State.
What is involved in the legal paperwork?
Once any subsidies are secured (if applicable) and the consent for adoption has been approved, the case manager will work with the court to file the legal paperwork to name the adoptive parents as the legal family for that child. The court will often set a hearing date within a few weeks of obtaining the legal paperwork so that the adoptive placement can be made formal.
Is the child officially adopted after the court hearing for the adoption has occurred?
Not necessarily in all cases. The court and/or the family may request a supervision period by Family Service & Children’s Aid for up to 6 additional months to ensure the child and the family have the necessary services and support in place to ensure a successful adoption. If the child has not been living in your home for a minimum of 6 months prior to the legal paperwork being signed the supervision period is required.