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Birth Parent Counseling:

Birth Parent Counseling is offered to parents experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. This service will provide options to parents regarding adoption and/or the decision to parent. Birth Parent Counseling also provides supports to the parents throughout the duration of the pregnancy, the birth and the relinquishment, if adoption is selected.

Adoptive Applicant Services:

For individuals and couples who are applying to adopt a child/youth a home safety inspection is completed. If the home safety inspection is positive they are invited to attend a mandatory pre-service training called Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (P.R.I.D.E.). This is a 27 hour commitment offered over a 9 week period. P.R.I.D.E. will serve to inform and educate adoptive applicants about the role and expectations of adopting a child/youth. A home study will also be completed following a Structured Analysis Family Assessment (S.A.F.E.) format. Once approved, the prospective adoptive families will be supported through the matching and selection, pre-placement, adoption probation and finalization processes.

Adoption Disclosure:

Adoption disclosure services are provided by contacting www.serviceontario.ca or by calling

1 800 461 2156 (toll free). Service Ontario will refer people who are seeking non-identifying social and medical history information. Non-identifying social and medical reports are prepared and provided to the requesting party. There is a waiting list for this service.