Getting help with adoption

Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. The Government of Ontario has this information to help you better understand every step of the adoption process.

If you're thinking about adopting a child, there are various ways of going about it. 

Public adoption is done through The Children's Aid Society, and there's no cost. For more information about this option, get in touch with the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin (705) 566-3113.

Private adoptions are handled by individuals or agencies licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Fees can vary between $10,000 and $20,000 or more.

For more information about this option, contact the North of Superior Adoption Services (807) 343-9200—a private adoption agency located in Thunder Bay—or any other licensed agency in Ontario. Use this list of private adoption practitioners to get in touch with people who are approved to conduct home studies and supervise adoption placements.

International adoption—the process of adopting a child from another country—is more complex. Costs can range between $20,000 and $30,000 or higher. Here's a list of licensed international agencies, as well as a list of licensed international adoption practitioners.

If you're looking to adopt a member of your own family—often referred to step-parent or relative adoption—you can use this form to apply to an Ontario Family Court, as long as you and the child are residents of Ontario. If the child lives outside of Canada, you’ll have to follow the international adoption process. 

Use this link for more detailed information about the adoption process and where to go for more help.



This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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