The following answer is taken from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services website.
There are several ways you can adopt a child in Ontario. Families may want to explore all types of adoption before determining what best suits their needs.
- Public adoption services are provided through children's aid societies (also known as CASs).
- Private adoption services are provided through a ministry-licensed agency or individual.
- International adoption services are provided through ministry-licensed agencies that can facilitate the adoption of a child outside Canada.
- Relative and step-parent adoptions - a relative (as defined by the Child and Family Services Act) or step-parent may apply to court to adopt a child and is not required to work with a licensee.
To find out more about what type of adoption may be right for you, see the overview and detailed description of each option. You can also contact your local children's aid society, a private adoption practitioner, or AdoptOntario, which holds "how to adopt" seminars and webinars.