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Click here to learn about parental leave in Ontario.
Claiming adoption practitioner fees as a medical benefit:
Ontario adoption practitioners must have a Master's degree in social work (MSW) and be a Registered Social Worker (RSW).
If you have supplemental medical insurance, check with your provider to see if you have coverage for the services of an MSW or RSW.
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 offer employees additional benefits during or following the adoption process. 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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