Who can I talk to?
You've seen the doctor. The answer is yes. You are pregnant. Who can you turn to? What should you do?
You may be thinking of adoption. Or you might want to keep your baby. Perhaps you can't decide. It may help to talk it over with a social worker. At no cost to you, you can either go to a children's aid society, or to a private social worker who can advise you. This booklet tells you how to go about it.
No matter what you plan to do, your mind will be more at rest if you get help, soon.
What can the children's aid society do?
Look in your phone book for your local children's aid society or visit the children's aid societies' website. They will have a social worker you can talk to. The decision is still yours, whether you keep your baby or choose adoption. Children's aid societies have foster homes, where you may place your baby in care for a short time while you decide. There is a lot to think about, and the social worker can help. Your wishes will be respected. You'll find out what your choices are. Then you can make the best plan for your baby.
What about private adoption?
Adoption in Ontario can also be done by a person or an agency licensed to work in private adoption. They must have a licence from this Ministry to arrange adoptions. You may want to talk things over with one of these private workers too. If you would like some names of these people or agencies near where you live, contact the Ministry's Adoption Unit at (416) 327-4742.
The resource below provides more information on how the adoption process works in Ontario.