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Five Fourteen

3640 Wells Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9C 1T9


Five/Fourteen is the only foster agency dedicated solely to providing services and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, two-spirit, and otherwise gender-independent children and youth in foster care.

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Adoption Process

Adoption provides a legal means for another family to permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child. But adoption is much more than a legal process.

Sometimes children can’t live with their birth parents because they are unable to care for them and provide for their most basic needs. Other times parents, for a variety of reasons, seek a new family to raise and care for their child.

Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. Learn about every step of the adoption process.

I'm thinking about adopting

If you’re thinking of adopting a child, there are many things to consider. Here are some initial questions you will want to think about in deciding whether you are ready to take the first step in pursuing the adoption of a child:

  • Can I provide a child with a secure, nurturing and loving home?

  • Can I make a long-term commitment to a child?

  • Am I ready to take on the responsibilities of supporting and raising a child?

  • Am I willing to participate in a multi-step adoption process?

  • Am I ready to welcome a child into my family?

If the answer is yes to all of the above questions, then you are ready to learn more about adoption in Ontario and your role as a potential adoptive parent.

I have decided to adopt

You’ve decided to adopt and have chosen one of the five types of adoption routes to follow. The next step is to understand the adoption process. It varies whether it’s a public, private or international adoption, so making sure each criteria is met is important to becoming an adoptive parent.

Keep in mind that the full adoption process will take time as as the child's needs must be met when being matched to the right family. In some cases, this process can take at least a year, or a few years to complete.

Learn more about the next steps to take:

- Public Adoption
- Private Adoption
- International Adoption
- Adopting a stepchild and kinship adoption

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