Place a baby for adoption

& Adopt in Red Deer

Need Help with an Unexpected Pregnancy or Are You Having Difficulty Parenting?

Finding yourself with an unexpected pregnancy can be difficult, as you are faced with a lot of difficult decisions.  At Adoption By Choice we have staff who have years of experience working with adoptions and we would be happy to talk to you about your options. We have been helping birth parents of all ages for more than 25 years who are facing an unexpected pregnancy and we can help you and your family through this difficult time. Adoption is by no means limited to newborn children. Sometimes a parent may consider building an adoption plan for an infant or young child. Sometimes the child has been with another caregiver or in fostercare when an adoption plan is considered. Our goal is to help you make the plan that works for you and your child. At ABC, we are here to listen, provide support and give you information as you decide what to do.

How Does Open Adoption Work?

If you decide adoption is the right choice for you and your child, ABC will help you build an adoption plan.You choose the adoptive family from carefully screened applicants. You can meet the family and make arrangements for ongoing contact after the child is placed which may be in the form of emails, pictures, phone calls or visits. A legal consent will be signed before your child is placed with the adoptive family.Every adoption plan is unique and ongoing contact will depend on what works for you and the adoptive family.We know that adoption for your child is likely the most difficult decision that you may ever make and we are here to help you consider this big decision. We also offer support and counselling for your family, and there are no fees charged for services for birth parents or their families.If you would like to talk to someone about considering an adoption plan, please give us a call at 1-800-570-2835, text at 403-681-9630  or email us at Calgary@adoptionbychoice.ca and we will connect with you as soon as possible.

Domestic Adoption in Red Deer

What is Open Adoption?
Adoption practice has changed significantly over the years as professionals have developed a greater understanding about the impact that adoption has on the adopting family, the child, and the birth family. The secrecy that used to surround adoption has been replaced by a growing openness among adoptive parents, birth parents, and adopted children - an openness that honours and respects the unique kinship that exists between birth families and adoptive families. Over the years, the professionals at Adoption By Choice have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of people in building child centered open adoption plans. What we have come to understand is that everyone’s needs are unique, and that each one of you will have a different idea about the kind of adoption plan that will work for you.

Open adoption is a positive way to bring people together to create an adoption plan that leaves all parties feeling secure and respected.Birth parents choose the adoptive family who will raise their child, and along with the adoptive family, they choose how they want to keep in touch with the child over the years. The starting point of an open adoption is the birth family and adoptive family coming together to build a plan that will meet the needs of the child. Many birth parents receive emails, photos of their child, and some also have phone calls and visits with the adoptive family.We believe that maintaining a connection with birth families helps children grow up feeling more secure about their adoptions and about who they are.

 

The degree of openness in your adoption plan will be up to you and the birth parents to decide, but we are here to help guide you. We believe that adopting families need support, guidance and knowledge in order to feel secure in their decision to choose open adoption. At ABC we have a wealth of information available for adoptive families. We also have support groups, evening seminars and get-togethers, and newsletters. Adoption is a lifelong process for everyone - adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents. For adopting parents, it is the process of accepting the lifelong responsibility of raising a child who will make sense of who he is in relation to his birth parents and his adoptive parents. Birth parents also benefit from the professional counselling that is available here at Adoption By Choice - before, during, and after the placement of their child. We help them work through some of the emotional issues that choosing adoption will bring for them. The grief and loss that they experience is very real, and counselling is available both from professionals as well as peers.

 
How Long is the Wait?

The number of Approved Applicants on our wait list is generally between 60 and 65.  The large majority of children placed by ABC are infants; however, we also place toddlers and older children with waiting families. As a rough guide, families are waiting approximately 2 - 3 years for placement of a child, after completing the initial training and home study and moving onto the active list.  The more flexible you are about the age and racial heritage of the child, the circumstances around the pregnancy, the health and lifestyle choices of the birth parents, the more likely placement will happen sooner for you. 

The Process to Adopt a Child

 

In order to have a child placed in your care, the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act requires that you become an Approved Applicant through a licensed agency. There are four steps involved to adopt a child through Adoption By Choice: 

 

   1.  Attend an Information Session with a Social worker in Calgary or Edmonton or over the phone. The cost is $75.00 + GST
   1.   Complete an application with Adoption By Choice 11 hour pre-placement workshop 
   3.   Have a home study report completed by a social worker at  ABC.

   4.   Matching and Placement

 

Step One: The Adoption Application Process

The first step is to call or email calgary@adoptionbychoice.ca to set up an appointment to meet with a social worker for a consultation. Please include what city you are living in and contact information. Please note there is a $75.00 fee for the initial information session. Following this you will be provided with a copy of our applicaton forms.

Step Two: The Workshop
This 2 day seminar held on Saturday and Sunday, offers an opportunity for you to consider some of the special challenges of building your family through adoption. The workshop location usually alternates between Edmonton and Calgary and is held six times a year. The workshop explores the inherent differences in building your family through adoption, infertility loss, the legal process of adoption, working with Adoption By Choice, adoption from a birth parent’s perspective, losses for children, writing a birth parent letter, meeting birth parents and adoption over the years. A panel of birth parents and adoptive parents join us to talk about their experience with open adoption and ABC.
 
ABC 2019 Workshop Dates:

JANUARY 19th & 20th, 2019 - CALGARY

MARCH 9th & 10th 2019 - EDMONTON

MAY 4th & 5th - CALGARY

JUNE 8th & 9th - EDMONTON

SEPTEMBER 14TH & 15TH - CALGARY

NOVEMBER 19TH & 20TH - EDMONTON

 
 
Step Three: The Home Study

The purpose of the home study is to ensure that it is in a child’s best interest to be placed in your care.  There will be two to four interviews completed with one of our social workers for the home study and we will interview the references you have identified in your application.  The kind of things you can expect to discuss during the home study process includes: demographic data and your personal history, your health, family dynamics and community relationships, your home, your financial situation, your understanding of adoption and reasons for adopting as well as the kind of adoption plan you want to build. You will have an opportunity to review the report before signatures are finalized. 

 

Your home study must be updated every 12 months until you are placed with a child.  The annual addendum brings everyone up to date on changes that you may have experienced since being approved. It is a briefer report and typically involves one meeting with one of our social workers. 

 

At the time you are approved by Adoption By Choice, you will receive a “Certificate of Approval”.

 
Step Four: Matching and Placement

Once you are an approved applicant, we ask you to submit a "birth parent letter", a profile which includes pictures of yourselves, and the applicable fees to move onto the active list. The fees cover the costs of birth parent counselling provided by ABC and additional pre-adoption counseling and support for you while you wait.

 

Every approved applicant at ABC supports all birth parent counselling at the agency.  We are a counselling agency and our mandate is to provide counselling services to all who come to us in order to assist them in making plans for their unintended pregnancy or child they are considering placing for adoption. Pre-adoption counseling and support for you takes a wide range of forms and can include phone calls, office visits, evening workshops and get togethers, our lending library, newsletters and support groups. 

We ask that you let us know if you are pregnant or if you have been placed with a child through other means, as you will be required to move off of our active list, and withdraw from ABC.  As well if you move from the Province of Alberta while you are on the active list then you must also withdraw as you must be a resident of Alberta to remain approved and active with Adoption By Choice.  If you withdraw or transfer from Adoption By Choice, there will be no refund of money to you.

 

While on our active list your file becomes available for birth parents to consider in making an adoption plan.  Letters and photographs are shown to birth parents, and it is usually from these that the birth parents go on to receive more non-identifying information to help them decide.  You will be notified when your file has been selected and you can make a choice regarding the placement.  Most times you will have the opportunity to meet the birth parents or perhaps correspond with them.   Again, the degree of direct contact depends on you and the birth parents.

If you decide to build an adoption plan with the birth parents you meet, Adoption By Choice will ask you for matching and placement fees which will be placed in trust until the adoption consent is signed. Money will be drawn from the trust as the services are provided to you and the birth parents. You and Alberta Children’s Services will receive an itemized statement of your account within 30 days of the Adoption Order being granted.

 

We ask families to wait 8 months after an initial placement with Adoption By Choice before applying for a subsequent placement.  The regulations prevent us from placing another child in your care in less than 12 months from an initial placement - unless the children are related.

 

We look forward to working with you, and would be pleased to hear from you with any questions or concerns you might have.  Feel free to contact us if you would like to arrange an opportunity to meet to discuss this information further. 

International Adoption in Red Deer

How Does International Adoption Work?

 

Thank you for your interest in Adoption By Choice’s International Adoption Program.

 

The first step is to call or email calgary@adoptionbychoice.ca to set up an appointment to meet with a social worker for a consultation. Please include what city you are living in and contact information Please note there is a $75.00 fee for the initial information session. Please see our attached fee schedule here.

 

Families applying to adopt a child from another country must follow these steps in order to be considered for international adoption:

 

 #1. COUNTRY REQUIREMENTS:    

We can supply you with up-to-date information on those countries that have agreements with Canada (Ward International). When you have decided on the country of your choice, you need to find out what that country requires of you. We can provide you with a list of coordinators working with different countries. Coordinators ensure that your documents are in order, organize your trip, and communicate with officials in the other country on your behalf. They will charge a fee for that service. 

 

1. AUTHORIZATION:

Complete the Alberta Children's Services International Adoption Application (form CS2777). Once completed this form should be forwarded to Adoption and Permanency Services in Edmonton. The address is included on the form.

 

 

2. APPLICATION & FEES:

Complete ABC’s International Adoption Application Package & Fees

 

 

3. PARENT PREPARATION TRAINING:

Complete the ABC’s Parent Preparation Training, which is in the form of a self-guided study book that is shipped to you from Calgary's office. It is vital that you understand this information in order to maximize the success of your adoption plan. We have developed a self-guided study book which enables you to work through the complexities of international adoption at your own pace. Completion of the self-guided study book fulfills the requirements of the Parent Preparation Training which is a mandatory part of the approval process. The self-guided study book will ask you to reflect on a number of issues and those issues will be discussed further as you proceed with the home assessment process. There is also an expectation that prior to the completion of the home assessment report you will have had the opportunity to meet with other families who are pursuing international adoption and families who have come together through international adoption.

 

 

5. HOME STUDY REPORT:

After you have completed our Self-Guided Study Book and the necessary paperwork, we will commence the home study process. When it is complete it will be sent to Alberta Children's Services in Edmonton for review and approval.

 

 

6. DOSSIER PREPARATION:

ABC can provide you with assistance in compiling your dossier.

 

 

7. IMMIGRATION:

You will need to apply to Immigration Canada fairly early in the process to sponsor your child and to obtain a landed immigrant's visa.

 

 

8. ADOPTION MATCHING REFERRAL:

A Matching Referral will be presented to you by ABC (except for private international adoption), this information will usually include: a photo of the child, vital statistics, and any available medical information. You will have the opportunity to review this information with a social worker and are welcome to consult with a physician or pediatrician. Once you have made a decision regarding the referral, you must complete the Acceptance or Decline Notice with the assistance of ABC, who will then forward it to Adoption and Permanency Services.

 

 

9. POST PLACEMENT REPORT(S):

We know that support after placement is very important, and usually the worker who prepared your home assessment report will be available to visit with you upon your return home and complete the required post placement report(s).

 

 

10. POST PLACEMENT SUPPORT

 

11. FINALIZATION:

A small number of countries will require you to finalize the adoption in Canada. ABC can provide this service to you. We look forward to working with you, and would be pleased to hear from you with any questions or concerns you might have or if you would like to meet to discuss this information.

 

 

What ABC Provides To You
 

Although Adoption By Choice does not actually ‘facilitate’ international placements, we are a resource for you and we can help you in many ways as you travel down the winding road towards building your family through adoption. Our mandate is to:
 

  • educate prospective adoptive parents

  • complete a home study report, specific to the child’s country of origin

  • provide our recommendations to Adoption and Permanency Services for their approval

  • complete dossiers on behalf of families

  • present adoptive parents with the Adoption Matching Proposal for Hague and Government adoptions

  • prepare post-placement assessment reports as required

  • finalize adoptions for those that will be granted by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta
     

We will be there for you, before, during and after you have come home from overseas. Although we have offices in Calgary and Edmonton, we have trained professional social workers across the Province who have developed a reputation for their caring and professional approach to adoption services.

International adoptions are complex as they must meet the legal requirements of Alberta’s Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, Canada’s Federal Immigration and Refugee Act, Canada’s Citizenship Act, the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and finally, legislation in the child’s country of origin.

 

All international adoptions must be considered special needs adoptions. We have developed a comprehensive program to help you understand:

 

  • the process for adopting internationally

  • the unique needs of the children available for adoption  - that medical, developmental, behavioural or emotional problems may not be known about the child at the time of the adoption match

 

FOUR TYPES OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS POSSIBLE IN ALBERTA

Private International Adoption

Is the process when:

  • Child’s country has not implemented The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

  • Adoption is finalized in child’s country as it cannot be finalized in Alberta, unless permanent residency status is obtained for the child by the parents.  Note: Immigration Regulations require that a permanent resident visa be obtained before the child enters Canada.

  • Child is not in government care.

  • Child’s country does not have an adoption process with Alberta.

 

Government Adoption for Non-Hague Countries

Is the process when:

  • Child is in government care or in care of a licensed adoption agency authorized by government.

  • There is an adoption process established between the child’s country and Alberta.

  • The child’s country processes the adoption through government channels or through licensed agencies.

 

Hague Convention Adoption 

Governments of the sending and receiving jurisdictions must be fully involved in all aspects of the adoption process through the designated Central Authorities.

Must be the process when:

  • The child’s country has implemented The Hague Convention.

 

Relative Adoption

  • It is possible to adopt a relative child from many countries, though the process is the similar to private international adoption.

  • If the child is in a Hague Convention country, you must determine if it is possible for you to adopt a relative child

  • A home study and Relative Adoption Training are required by Alberta Adoption Services

  • The adoption is finalized in child’s country as it cannot be finalized in Alberta, unless permanent residency status is obtained for the child by the parents.  Note: Immigration Regulations require that a permanent resident visa be obtained before the child enters Canada.

  • Child is not in government care.

 

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We will be there for you, before, during and after you have come home from overseas. Although we have offices in Calgary and Edmonton, we have trained professional social workers across the Province who have developed a reputation for their caring and professional approach to adoption services

It is vital that you understand this information in order to maximize the success of your adoption plan. We have developed a self-guided study book which enables you to work through the complexities of international adoption at your own pace. Completion of the self-guided study book fulfills the requirements of the Parent Preparation Training which is a mandatory part of the approval process. The self-guided study book will ask you to reflect on a number of issues and those issues will be discussed further as you proceed with the home assessment process. There is also an expectation that prior to the completion of the home assessment report you will have had the opportunity to meet with other families who are pursuing international adoption and families who have come together through international adoption.

 


Click here for the Government International Adoption Guidebook

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