Considering adoption is a beautiful, challenging and loving option.
We are here because we understand. We care. We get it.
One positive option to an unplanned pregnancy is adoption. Today, making a parenting plan of adoption for your child empowers you to make a healthy choice for your baby. We have experience with adoption and we understand what you are going through. We know how adoption works in Nova Scotia and we are here to help you in any way you need. Our only motive is to support you in the process.
Here is an outline of the basic process you would go through when exploring adoption with us:
This is a fluid process, but basically, here is an overview of the process of adoption we walk our clients through here in Nova Scotia:
- Information session and dealing with crisis needs
- Getting to know one another, going over all options and steps for each
- In terms of adoption, sharing:
- Different kinds: Family, Specified & Agency adoption
- Difference between closed / open & semi open adoption
- Do you have anyone in your family or someone you know who is interested in adopting the child?
- Take time to check out support for your options. Visit parenting centres, look into income assistance, etc. just for your information.
- If you decide for adoption, what kind of adoption do you want? We discuss:
- Pros & Cons of each
- Road blocks
- Social History (Form): medical, social, educational, etc.
- This is used to glean unidentifiable information for adoptive parents
- Wish list for criteria for adoptive parents (unless you've already chosen them)
- Age, religion, marital status, gender, urban, pets, other kids, what you don’t want …
- 5-6 Adoptive family profiles & “Dear birth parent” letters
- Or, you can approach a couple and ask them to consider adopting your child.
- At the hospital: Know your rights. You are the same as any other mother. You don’t have to tell anyone about your adoption plans. You can name the baby.
- You should have the counsellor’s phone number so they can bring you flowers, congratulations and other support.
- Very important for you to see the baby and care for him or her.
- The baby can come home with you or have anyone care for it that you like.
- You have the same rights as any parent until papers are signed.
- The Social worker brings a release to the hospital for you to sign, which does not have to be signed at this time.
- 17 Day Grace Period: You can take more than 17 days if you desire. It is very flexible. Ask your social worker about this.
- You can visit the baby as often as you want, take photos, etc.
- During this time, it’s good for the social worker to check with you lots to see how you are doing.
- Unless you have already talked with them, 48 hrs. before the signing of the papers, the adoptive parents are told. This is up to the discretion of the social worker. Some tell them much before this.
- On the adoption day: You and baby are with the baby visiting. Then, it is suggested that it be arranged so that the adoptive parents come and exchange gifts, letters, rituals, etc. The adoptive parents leave and the birth parents meet with a lawyer, then say good bye to the baby. The adoptive parents are invited back in, sign papers and take the baby home.
- Birth parents need long term care. Social workers should facilitate reunions and the exchange of information between the natural and adoptive parents if needed.
- Adoptive parents are reviewed and evaluated by home visits.
Disclaimer: the information on this site is not to be used to replace legal counsel or professional advice. To the best of our ability, we offer it as what our legal advisors have told us. We advise you to check with your legal counsel before proceeding.