An Adoption Practitioner
is someone who has been licensed by the province to counsel
and support potential birth parents, conduct home studies
for prospective adoptive families and supervise adoption placements
until finalization in the Court occurs.
Adoption Practitioners work
for both private and public adoption agencies. These individuals
are there to counsel you about every step in the adoption
process, educate you about your legal rights, the consquences
of adoptions as well as show you profiles of approved and
waiting families that are hoping to adopt.
If you're planning on making
an adoption plan for your child, it's very important to find
the adoption practitioner who is right for you. This person
will be very important in your life as he/she will someone
who should be there to lean on and support you. You don't
have to commit to using the first person you contact - find
someone who you feel comfortable with and who is compassionate
for your situation.
Adoption LicenseesAn adoption licensee is an individual
who has been licensed by the province to complete the legal
work required for an adoption. Licensees are often lawyers
or social workers. As a potential birth parent, you, and your
child's birth father, are entitled to legal counsel at no
Private Adoption Agencies
A private adoption agency is an organization
that is licensed to arrange adoptions in the province. No
two adoption agencies are the same; each agency has its own
rules and regulations and some operate under different philosophies
(i.e. Christian based). Private adoption agencies also offer
potential birth parents counseling and support services at
Do as much research as possible and ensure
that you're comfortable with the adoption agency's rules and
views. The following are several questions you should ask
- How many families do you have on your
approved waiting list?
- How long has the agency been in business?
- What kind of services are available?
- Can you speak with other birth parents
that have used their services?
- What kind of supports do they have in
place before you give birth and post placement?
- What is the agency's philosophy on adoption
and open adoption?
Private adoption agencies have numerous
adoptive families that are waiting and approved to adopt.
Once you've decided to use the services of an agency, a social
worker will meet with you on several occasions to counsel
you on your options. If you've chosen adoption, the social
worker will explain the process of adoption and he/she will
also want to gather some information about you and your pregnancy.
You'll also be given the opportunity to view profiles of prospective
adoptive families that are registered with the agency. Most
private agencies will have a wide variety of families from
which to choose; don't feel pressured to choose a family right
away - this is a big decision and it's important you're comfortable
and confident in your decision. Check
out the tips on "Selecting An Adoptive Family" section.
A public adoption agency may be the only organization available
to you in your province or territory when it comes to making
an adoption plan. These are provincially run agencies and
will offer you a variety of services; licensed social workers
will provide you with counseling services (at no charge),
information about your options and if you chooose adoption,
they can provide you with the ability to choose an approved
family from their waiting families. In the past, public agencies
did not promote openness but this is now changing and many
open adoptions are arranged through public agencies throughout