WHAT STEPS ARE INVOLVED IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS?
After submitting your application to adopt, you will be required to attend an adoption education session where you will learn about grief and loss, attachment, bonding, parenting a special needs child, etc.
The next step is the homestudy assessment. A homestudy is an assessment process between you and a qualified adoption worker employed by a child and family services agency or service region or licensed adoption agency. The homestudy helps determine whether you are able to assume the responsibilities of being an adoptive parent and help identify which children you are most suitable and capable of parenting.
The General Authority uses what is called a S.A.F.E. Homestudy, which is a strength-based approach. It recognizes that the paramount duty of the agency is to protect the best interest of the child and is also sensitive to the family’s expectations for open, transparent and fair treatment.
• Once approved, you are placed on Manitoba’s Central Adoption Registry to be matched with a child who is available for adoption
• If you are matched with a child, you will be provided with all non-identifying information about the child (medical, background, etc.)
• If you decide to proceed, pre-placement visits will occur so that you and the child can get to know each other before placement occurs
Please note: Being approved for adoption does not guarantee the placement of a child. Adoption workers act in the best interest of the child and are searching for the best and most suitable homes for the child (e.g. culturally appropriate, able to meet the child’s needs, etc.) rather than finding a child for the adoptive family.
After placement occurs, there is a six to 12-month period before the adoption is legalized. Your adoption worker will continue to work with you to help everyone adjust and deal with any issues that may arise.
Once it is determined that the adoption placement is secure, the agency applies to the court for an Order of Adoption on your behalf (you do not have to attend court). Once the Order of Adoption is granted, the child is legally considered as if born to you.
Please contact your local child and family service agency or service region for more information.