ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE

What is adoption?
Adoption provides a legal means for another family to permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child. But adoption is much more than a legal process. Sometimes children can’t live with their birth parents because they are unable to care for them and provide for their most basic needs. Other times parents, for a variety of reasons, seek a new family to raise and care for their child. Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. Learn about every step of the adoption process.

What is Foster Care?
Fostering is the act of bringing a child into your family and providing them with life necessities as well as emotional support during a difficult and confusing time. Under the Child and Family Services Act, foster care is defined as the placement of a child or young person in the home of someone who receives compensation for caring for the child but is not the child’s parent. Ontario’s Children Aid Societies (CASs) work hard to keep families together and children at home. When children cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, foster families care for the child until they can safely return home.


Foster families are very special because they give their time and love over and over again to the children and youth who need it the most. CASs are extremely grateful to these amazing people who open their doors — and their hearts — and share their family with our province’s children.
 

- RESOURCE LINKS -
 

Adoption Resources (LGBTQ Parenting Network)
LGBTQ Adoption (LGBTQ Parenting Network)
Serving LGBTQ2S Children and Youth In The Child Welfare System (Province of Ontario)
 

 

- LOCAL RESOURCE CONNECTIONS -
 

FIVE FOURTEEN 
3640 Wells Street, Windsor, ON, N9C 1T9
Phone: 844-514-0514
Website: www.fivefourteen.ca

Five/Fourteen is the only foster agency dedicated solely to providing services and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, two-spirit, and otherwise gender-independent children and youth in foster care.

There are thousands of LGBTQ youth in care in Ontario. Yet, until we opened our doors in 2016, there still wasn’t a single designated safe placement for youth on the rainbow spectrum. Now with Five/Fourteen, an team of staff and foster parents is dedicated entirely to their care.

WINDSOR-ESSEX CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY (LEAMINGTON)
33 Princess Street, Leamington, ON  N8H 5C5
Phone: 519-322-0555
website: www.wecas.on.ca

A Children’s Aid Society (CAS) works in each community to provide help & support to children and their families. It is mandated to uphold Child, Youth & Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA) and is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.  The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is responsible for investigating all allegations of child abuse, including neglect, while also providing protection services to children, youth and their families residing in Essex County.

 


WINDSOR-ESSEX CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY (WINDSOR)
1671 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, ON  N8Y 5B5
Phone:  519-252-1171
Website: www.wecas.on.ca
A Children’s Aid Society (CAS) works in each community to provide help & support to children and their families. It is mandated to uphold Child, Youth & Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA) and is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.  The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is responsible for investigating all allegations of child abuse, including neglect, while also providing protection services to children, youth and their families residing in Essex County.