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About Adoption


The following list represents the basic requirments to be considered for adoption through The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa welcomes single, married, common-law and LGBTQ applicants

(1) Resident of Ottawa Region

(11) No verified incidents of child abuse


(2) Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

(12) Safe home environment appropriate for a child

(3) Minimum 18 years of age

(13) Ability to carry out essential duties of parenting

(4) Good general health: mental and physical

(14) Willingness to learn new skills


(5) Financially self-sufficient

(15) Willingness to work with the agency and other professionals

(6) Stable relationship

(16) Sensitivity to cultural differences and backgrounds of children

(7) For couples applying, that both partners be fully committed to pursuing adoption

(17) Awareness of the benefits of openness post adoption to preserve beneficial and meaningful relationships for the child

(8) Willing to engage in the adoption home study and training process

(18) Awareness of the variety of complex needs related to parenting children being placed on adoption through a Children’s Aid Society

(9) No substance abuse, no condoning of illegal substances

(19) Applicants must not be actively pursuing infertility treatments

(10) No criminal charges pending or significant criminal background

(20) Applicants must not be actively pursuing pregnancy


Children in the care of The Children’s Aid Society and waiting to be adopted come from a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Some are in sibling groups needing to be adopted together, while others are on their own, but have siblings in other homes. Most of the children are currently living in foster homes.  The greatest need is for children over the age of 9, large sibling groups of 3 or more and children with a variety of special needs.

Most of the older children waiting to be adopted have experienced challenges in their short lives and need time, patience and help to adjust to a new home. Others may have developmental or physical challenges. It is important that you are aware of the varied needs of the children who seek adoption to prepare you for your role as a parent.


Our greatest need, at this time, is for adoptive parents who would welcome children with diverse special needs, large sibling groups (3 or more brothers and sisters) of any age, or our adolescent population. Adopting an older child brings with it numerous rewards and wonderful family experiences.

We welcome your call to discuss the needs of our children. You can reach our Adoption Intake Line at 613-742-1620 ext. 2. 


The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa honours the birth parents’ right to be involved in the choice of the adoptive parent and when in the child’s best interest to have an onging role in the child’s life.  Prior to an adoption, the birth parent(s) may provide input about the kind of family they would like for their child and may in some cases even select the adoptive family from profiles.

The values, lifestyle, education, religion, cultural heritage and other characteristics which are important to the birth parents are considered carefully when choosing the child’s adoptive parents.

Preserving postive relationships, such as with a birth parent, sibling, grandparent, or aunt and allowing a child a clearer understanding of their identity and past are the cornerstones of openness. The degree of openness a child needs, a birth parent wants, or an adopting family can accept, is carefully considered early in the adoption process.  The goal of openness is to support continuity of relationships, community and culture for the adopted child.  We are looking for adoptive families who value and will maintain these connections for the adopted child.