Adoption Process

Our process can be broken down into four phases:

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Our adoption intake line can be reached by calling 613-747-7800 (and following the prompts). If you don’t reach a person directly during regular business hours, you may leave a message 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Expect to receive a call back within 48 hours of your message. The intake line acts as your first opportunity to speak directly with an adoption representative about the process or any questions you may have.



Note: There are no Adoption Information Sessions being held at this time.

These sessions act as an extension to the information provided on our website and to the information provided through our Intake Line. If, following the information session you believe that you are a good match to the type of children that we are trying to place, you may take home an application package to complete and submit.


Session Language:

Held in both French and English


Main office at 1602 Telesat Court, Gloucester, ON


Approximately every two months


Contact Adoption Intake 613-747-7800 (and follow the prompts)


Sessions are run by an adoption worker along with one of our adoptive parents 

Session Length:

Approximately 2 hours long


  • Adoption within the broader context of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
  • Application process
  • What you can expect following the submission of your application
  • What our current needs are for families
  • Post adoption supports we offer
  • Openess regarding birth family
  • Role of the birth parent within the adoption process
  • An opportunity to answer any additional questions



After attending the information session, you will complete an application package to allow us to better understand who you are and what profile of child you would like to adopt. Upon submission of the application you will receive an acknowledgement letter informing you that your application has been received, and highlighting any missing documents.



Following an initial intake process, your application is reviewed by the adoption supervisor and based on the current needs of our children and program, an initial recommendation will be made to either assign or close your file. If we elect to proceed with your application, you will be assigned to an adoption worker to work with you while you complete your Home Study Assessment and to register you for our P.R.I.D.E. Training Program.

S.A.F.E. Home Study

The home study portion of the application is called  “S.A.F.E.”  –  Structured Analysis Family Evaluation. This study involves several home visits by your adoption worker, providing references, medical reports, financial information, consents for police and child welfare checks, as well as filling out other SAFE specific assessment forms to complete this section of your application. 

P.R.I.D.E. Training

The Home Study process also requires attendance at a 27-hour series training program called P.R.I.D.E. - Parenting Resources for Information, Development and Education. This training prepares adoptive parents to meet the needs of adopted children and addresses the common learning needs of each adoptive parent.



The complete assessment process can take upwards of one year to complete. If approved, your adoption worker will present your profile at adoption meetings for children whose needs they believe you would best match. This process has no fixed time limit, as our focus is on finding the right family for the child.