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The Ontario Government's adoption site can be accessed here.
Adopt4Life is Ontario's Adoptive Parent Association. It an excellent resource, whether you are just getting started, waiting to be matched or have been matched with an adopted child.
The Adoption Council of Ontario provides information for families interested in adoption.
Parental leave information for Ontario adoptive families can be found here.
In 2008, The Access to Adoption Records Act allowed adopted adults and birth parents access to post-adoption birth information. You can contact Service Ontario to apply this information. Service Ontario's toll-free number: 1-800-461-2156.
To access information about an Ontario adoption, use the Ontario Adoption Registry.
Claiming adoption practitioner fees as a medical benefit:
Ontario adoption practitioners must have a Master's degree in social work (MSW) and a designated Registered Social Worker (RSW).
If you have supplemental medical insurance, check to see if you have coverage for MSW/RSW services.
Claiming social work fees as a tax deduction:
Social work services are medical expenses on Ontario tax returns.
Expenses related to adoption can be claimed as an income tax deduction during the year a family adopts a child. In 2021, the maximum claim was $16,729 per adopted child.
Adoption Grants: Some employers, including financial institutions, offer adoption-specific benefits to employees. Check with your organization's HR department to see if you qualify.
Targeted Subsidies Policy Directive: The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies offers subsidies to families adopting a child over the age of ten or sibling groups. Contact your local CAS for more information.
Pre- and post-adoption medical assessments (for international adoptions) are available at St. Michael's Hospital through the Immigrant Health and Infectious Disease Clinic: click here for more information.
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