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  OVERVIEW  
  The Canada’s Waiting Children (CWC) program is intended to be an additional resource to prospective adoptive parents who are going through the adoption process with an agency in their area.This website contains photos and background information about Canadian children waiting for permanent adoptive families. It also provides information about domestic adoption in Canada of children in the care of provincial, territorial, and First Nations child welfare agencies. The CWC program is a service of the ACC. The ACC is not an adoption agency but an information and referral service. This program was made possible by grants from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and support from Wendy's Restaurants of Canada.

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  ADOPTION MYTHS  
  One of the biggest myths about adoption in Canada is that there are no Canadian children available for adoption. There are more than 78,000 children in the care of child welfare organizations across Canada. More than 30,000 of these children have parents whose parental rights have been terminated by the courts. What this usually means is that these children have no permanent family and will live in foster care or small institutional placements until they are legally of age.

Most children referred to this program are 3 years and up (to the age of majority), but children as young as newborns have been referred to the program. The children referred to the program tend to be more challenging than most of the Canadian children in need of permanent families. This is because children are only referred to us when no other resources can be found in their home region.

 
     
  FIND OUT MORE  
 

If you wish to find out more about the Guidelines for Canada's Waiting Children Program and how it operates see Guidelines.

Potential adoptive families can find out more about the adoption process by calling 1-888-54-ADOPT (1-888-542-3678) or by emailing the Canada’s Waiting Children program at info@canadaswaitingkids.ca

We recommend that families considering adoption get in touch with a parent support group in their area. A list of parent support groups is available in the  info and support groups section.

 
     
 

If you wish to find out more about any child or children on the Canada's Waiting Children website, please download the family information form (Formulaire d'information sur la famille), complete, and mail to:

Adoption Council of Canada
211 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, ON  K1R 6H5

Note to Prospective Parents: The Family Information Form cannot be returned by e-mail as we require a signature to authorize the use of the information contained on the form.

Note to Social Workers/Agencies: Please refer to the Social Workers Corner for information on how to refer a child with Canada's Waiting Children, suggestions on writing children's profiles, taking photographs, recruitment tips, etc.

If you have any questions about the Canada's Waiting Children Program, call 1-888-54-ADOPT, or contact us via e-mail at info@canadaswaitingkids.ca

 
     
  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  
  1) Are all Canadian children who are available for adoption listed on this site?
No. The number of children featured on this website depends upon the authorization of child welfare agencies across Canada. Although estimates indicate that there are 22,000 children in Canada waiting for adoption, only a small number of these children are part of the program. Generally, children are referred to our program when homes have not been found in their home region.

2) What are the children like who are referred to the Canada's Waiting Children program?
Most children referred to our program are 3 years and up (to the age of majority), but children as young as newborns have been referred to the program. The children referred to the program tend to be more challenging than most of the Canadian children in need of permanent families. This is because children are only referred to us when no other resources can be found in their home region.

3) How can I view the photolisting?
You can view the CWC photolisting by obtaining a password.

4) How do I obtain a password?
Easy. Please complete and submit the Password Request Form. Once the information you submit is reviewed, you will receive a password by email.

5) How long do I have to wait to get a password?
You will receive a password within three business days of submitting your Password Request Form.

6) I have forgotten my password. What do I do?
You must complete and resubmit the Password Request Form.

7) Can I get a password by calling the 1-888-54-ADOPT number?
No. Passwords can only be obtained by completing and submitting the Password Request Form.

8) I have a password, now what?
Once you have received your password, simply login anytime to view the children listed with Canada’s Waiting Children. The photolisting is updated regularly, so keep your password for future use.

9) My password is not working. What do I do?
First, ensure that you have typed in the password exactly as it was sent to you. Remember: the password must be typed in exactly as shown. This includes the upper-case and lower case as well as any spaces, as this is part of the password. For example a lower case “b” is not the same as an upper case “B”.

10) I have not received my password yet. Why?
You may not have entered your e-mail address correctly on the Password Request Form. One in ten of the password requests we receive tend to have the wrong email address.

11) I am interested in one of the children on the photolisting, how do I get more information?
Please register with the CWC program in order to express an interest in any of the children. You need to download and complete the family information form (Formulaire d'information sur la famille) (pdf format).

Return the completed form by regular mail to:

Adoption Council of Canada
211 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, ON  K1R 6H5

12) What is the registration fee?
Registration is $25 for the first twelve months, with a $15 annual renewal fee should you wish to continue participating in the program after the first year.  These fees are strictly to cover the administrative costs we incur to process your registration, prepare and mail the initial information package, prepare and send out regular updates throughout the year, and when liaising with any adoption social workers on your behalf following an expression of interest in a child or children.

13) What if I express an interest in a child?
When you express an interest in a child, we will forward your family information form and/or homestudy and/or personal profile to the child’s adoption social worker for review and consideration as a potential adoptive family.

14) What is the information package?
After completing the Family Information Form and registering with the Canada’s Waiting Children program, an information package is mailed to the registered family. The information package contains pertinent information about the adoption process in Canada as well as the hard copies of the children profiles available on the CWC program photolisting.

15) I downloaded the form but my computer won’t allow me to view it, what do I do?
Because the form is in pdf (Portable Document Format), you need special software to view it. Click here to download the software from Adobe Systems.

16) Can people living outside of Canada adopt Canadian children using this service?
This service is only available to Canadian residents.

17) What does the "ON HOLD" caption mean?
The ON HOLD caption is to indicate that there has been a development in the child's adoption file and the adoption worker is not accepting any new expressions of interest from potential adoptive families at this time.

 

 
     
   
   
     
 

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