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More infants are placed through direct and agency adoptions, than through government adoption, because expectant parents considering adoption want to choose who will raise their child. If they desire, birth parents involved with Children’s Services are also able to work with licensed agencies in finding an adoptive family for their child. Birth parents choose adoption because they love their children and want the best for them. They want to meet the potential adoptive parents, review the home assessment and ask questions. Birth parents usually ask for a commitment to continued contact, updates and photos.

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Research has shown that open adoption is not confusing for the adoptee. The training this agency provides will help you to understand the benefits of open adoption for the adoptee, the birth family and the adoptive family. Many adoptive parents find it comforting to meet the birth parents, talk to them about their social and medical history, and be able to talk to them if future medical questions arise. Adoptive parents have shared they enjoy sharing the child’s growth and development through pictures, videos and visits with birth family. As the child grows, the birth parents generally look forward to visits and getting to know their child. Adoptive parents often invite birth parents to special occasions. Children do well, when they know they are adopted and who their birth family is. As one adoptive family said, “How can there ever be too many people to love a child?”

Families interested in applying to Christian Adoption Services' domestic adoption program must complete all the application documents, fill out the home assessment questionnaires, and complete a home assessment with a social worker. They must also attend the training workshops (2 days), and complete online courses, before a child is placed with them. After the placement, they are required to honour the agreement they made with the birth parents. Often birth parents desire to receive pictures and updates regularly, as well as, visit approximately four times a year, particularly around special occasions. Some birth parents want to visit once a month and some less. We expect that adoptive families enter agreements honestly and honour what they have agreed to. We support adoption plans that are built on respect and compassion for everyone involved.

Once a prospective adoptive family is approved to adopt, their name is placed in the “Parent Bank”. They provide the agency with a twelve-page photo album, depicting themselves, their home, their hobbies and lifestyle. The agency creates a one page profile describing the family. An expectant parent considering adoption will be shown suitable profiles and photo albums. When an adoptive family is chosen, a meeting is set up, with a social worker present, so that the expectant parents and adoptive parents can get to know each other. The expectant parent will be given the opportunity to read the home assessment. Additional meetings between the adoptive parents and the birth mother, birth father, or birth grandparents will not involve agency staff. This is the time to build a relationship, so that the birth family trusts the adoptive parents and learns to feel confident in them and their ability to parent.

Birth parents make a plan for what they would like at the hospital. Often adoptive parents may be invited for a brief visit. It is not recommended that adoptive parents stay all day at the hospital. The birth mother needs time alone and with her support people, in order to get to know her child, to grieve and to make sure she has chosen the right path. Any match is tentative, as birth parents have the right to change their mind at any time prior to the birth, and for 10 days following the signing of the Consent to Adoption. 

A biological mother can sign a Consent by a Guardian to Adoption, after the birth. This form names the adoptive parents and makes them joint guardians of the child with the birth mother. Christian Adoption Services strives to include birth fathers in the process and if possible also sign the Consent to Adoption; if unknown, the agency will request the Court to waive his consent. The consenting guardians have 10 full days to revoke consent and have the child returned. Adoptive parents should receive a Family and Medical History of the birth parents, the Medical Report of the child from the hospital, and a copy of the Consent to Adoption, when the child is placed.

At Christian Adoption Services, preparation of court documents is begun, as soon as we receive a copy of the live birth registration. Six to eight weeks after the placement, you will be contacted to sign court documents. Documents are usually filed about six months after the birth; however, the date of finalization will depend on how busy the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton or Calgary is, when the petition is filed. Adoptive parents are not required to be in court. Unless they request otherwise, the birth mother, birth father and the Director of Children Services are all served with the court documents, including the home assessment; they are given ten days to contact the Court if they have concerns and object to the finalization of the adoption.

The granting of an Adoption Order has the effect of terminating the rights of the biological parents. In fact, the new birth certificate will indicate that this child is the child of the adopting parents; it does not refer to the adoption. Court Orders can be appealed within 30 days, but only on the grounds that a mistake or fraud has occurred. Cases where adoption orders have been set aside are extremely rare.

adamAlthough many adoptions begin as open adoptions, occasionally families can lose contact with biological parents. The Post Adoption Registry This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  is set up to facilitate contact with the biological parents, once the child is 18. Adult adopted children and birth parents may apply for identifying information. The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act also allows adult adopted persons, birth parents, siblings and other interested persons to register with a passive registry.

Client feedback has highlighted the many strengths of our staff. “Christian Adoption Services really cared, they provided timely, professional and compassionate support. They cared for our son’s birth parents and for us with gentleness, compassion and respect.” An Adoptive Parent

“When we first considered open adoption, we had no idea how amazing it would be. We love our daughter so much and she has fulfilled our lives more than we ever dreamed. We share an open and friendly relationship with her birth mother. We are so grateful to her. Not one day goes by that we don’t thank God…” An Adoptive Parent