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Adopting in Ontario

Licensed Private Adoption Agencies

The following is a list of agencies that are licensed to facilitate private adoptions in Ontario. Depending on their range of service, these agencies can arrange domestic and/or international adoptions. Prior to registering, adoptive parents should thoroughly research each agency and find out about its payment schedule and other policies.

*Agencies are listed in alphabetical order.

Adoption Agency and Counselling Service (Ontario)
Adoption Agency and Counselling Service (AACS) provides a variety of services for birth parents and adoptive parents. AACS is licensed to arrange domestic adoptions, conduct homestudies for applicants and supervise adoptoin placements. The agency offers counselling services for birth parents and adoptive parents before and after placement. AACS is also licensed for international adoptions for Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad, U.S.

Contact: Tina McCann
Tel: (905) 475-3386
Fax: (905) 780 - 1964
E-mail: [email protected]

70 East Beaver Creek Road, Unit #0
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3B2
Adoption Horizons, Inc.
Founded in 1995, Adoption Horizaons is licensed to facilitate adoptions from Russia and Kazakhstan. As of March 2006, the agency has placed over 460 children from Russia, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine with Canadian Families.

Contact: Irina Zaretsky, Director
Tel: (416) 512-7591
E-mail: [email protected]
7 Sunforest Court
Toronto, ON
M2R 3W3

Adoption Resource and Counselling Services
This private adoption agency, run by Jennie Painter, facilitates open adoptions throughout Ontario. Counselling is available for expectant parents considering adoption and adoptive families can hire this agency to also conduct homestudies. ARCS also provides educational workshops.

Contact: Jennie Painter
Tel: (613) 542-0275
E-mail: [email protected]
162 Phillips Street,
Kingston, ON K7M 2Z8

Adoptionworx Canada
Adoptionworx Canada is located in Toronto and has an exclusive license in Canada to arrange adoptions of children born in Albania for Canadian families.

Contact: Victoria O'Toole, Executive Director
Tel: (416) 236-7337 Fax: (416) 233-2762
E-mail: [email protected]

23 Prince George Dr.,
Toronto, ON M9A 1X9

Beginnings Family Services

Beginnings has been operating since 1985 and its main office is located in Hamilton, with pregnancy care centres in Guelph, Cobourg and Woodstock. This agency's services include: free pregnancy counselling, pre-natal and post-natal support, foster care for up to one month, licensed private adoption services (with a strong emphasis on open
adoption), post-abortion counselling and community referrals. Beginnings completes all legal work for adoptions. Beginnings also offers infertility counselling and embryo donation services.

Contact: Kerry VanderGrift
Tel: (905) 528-6665
Fax: (905) 528-6589
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: Beginnings
Medical Arts Building
#308 - 1 Young Street
Hamilton, ON L8N 1T8

Tzivos Hashem Canada
Tzivos Hashem Canada (formerly known as Caring Homes for Orphan Children) is a full service adoption agency licensed to arrange adoptions of Russian children for Canadian families. Tzivos Hashem Canada has helped over 150 Russian orphans find homes with Canadian families in eight provinces and has its stuff in several locations including Toronto, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and many other regions.

Contact: Arnie Gotfryd, Executive Director
Tel: (416) 630-2472
E-mail: [email protected]

3727 Chesswood Dr.,
Toronto, ON M3J 2P6

Children's Bridge
Children's Bridge is licensed to arrange domestic as well as international adoptions. A full service agency, Children's Bridge is licensed to arrange adoptions of children from China, India, Kazakhstan, South Africa, South Korea and Vietnam for Canadian families.

Contact: Cathy Murphy, Executive Director
Tel: (613) 226-2112
Fax: (613) 226-8843
E-mail: [email protected]

#221, 1400 Clyde Ave.,
Ottawa, ON K2G 3J2

Children's Resource and Consultation Centre of Ontario
This agency is licensed to arrange domestic adoptions as well as international adoptions of children from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad, and the U.S.A.

Contact: Michael Blugerman
T el: (416) 923-7771, 1-800-290-2931
Fax: (416) 923-1260
E-mail: [email protected]

100 St. Clair Avenue West,
Toronto, Ont, M4V 1N3

Cornerstone Adoption Agency
Cornerstone is an adoption licensed agency that arranges domestic adoptions and is licensed to arrange adoptions of children in Guyana, India, Jamaica, Philippines, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and Trinidad.

Contact: Christina R. McKenzie
T el: (416) 283-7239
F ax: (416) 283-8034
E-mail: [email protected]

360 Bayly Street West, Suite # 201,
Ajax, Ontario L1S 1P1

Family Outreach International
Family Outreach International is licensed to arrange adoptions of children from China for Canadian families. The agency manages the entire process including providing a Chinese-Canadian coordinator to escort parents on their two-week trip.

Contacts: Robert Stevens, President;
Yulin Deng, Program Director
T el: (613) 789-8677
T oll-free 866-789-8677
E-mail: [email protected]

1301 - 131 Wurtenburg St.,
Ottawa, ON K1N 8L9

From the Heart Adoption Agency
From the Heart Adoption agency is licensed to arrange adoptions of children from the Ukraine for Canadian families. The staff are very experience in Ukraine adoptions and are fluent in Ukrainian. The agency provides guidance through the entire process, including orientation, templates and post-adoption follow-up.

Contact: Daria Hensiorowsky
Tel: (416) 239-6335
E-mail: [email protected]

35 Warrender Ave., #606,
Toronto, ON M9B 5Z5

Jewels for Jesus Adoption Agency
Jewels for Jesus is an adoption agency that provides services to both birth parents and adoptive parents. This agency is licensed to facilitate adptions in Ontario and they are based on biblical principles.

Contact: Margo Semple, Executive Director
Tel: 905 821-7494
E-mail: [email protected]

6655 Kitimat Road, #5,
Mississauga, ON L5N 6J4

Loving Heart International Adoption Agency
Loving Heart is an adoption agency that is licensed to arrange adoptions for children from Bulgaria, Lithuania and Yugoslavia.

Contact: Elena Georgiev, Program Director
Tel: (416) 223-4997
Fax: (416) 250-8977
E-mail: [email protected]

36 Canary Cres.,
Toronto, ON M2K 1Z1

M.M. Kelly Counselling and Adoption Agency
This private adoption agency is licensed to facilitate adoptions in Ontario. For more information about their services, see the contact information below.

Contact: Marie McCallum
Tel: (705) 722-4163
E-mail: [email protected]

16 Cloverhill Crescent,
Cookstown, Ontario L0L 1L0

Open Arms to International Adoption
An adoption agency founded by adoptive parents and is licensed to facilitate adoptiosn for children from China for Canadian families. The agency holds regular information sessions and pre- and post-adoption programs.

Contact: Deborah Maw, Executive Director
Tel: (416) 966-0294
Fax: (416) 966-0187
E-mail: [email protected]

14 Roxborough Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1T8

Paul J. Conlin
Paul Conlin is a lawyer in Ottawa who is licensed to facilitate adoptions finalized in Ontario. He is also licensed to arrange adoptions for children from Algeria, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Philippines, South Korea, U.S.

Contact: Paul Conlin
Tel: (613) 737-4140
Fax: (613) 737-7903
E-mail: [email protected]

1719 Bank Street, #305
Ottawa, ON K1V 7Z4

Ted Giesbrecht (Law Firm of Giesbrecht, Griffin and Funk)
Ted Giesbrecht is a lawyer in Kitchener who is licensed to arrange private domestic adoptions in Ontario.

Contact: Ted Giesbrecht
Tel: (519) 579-4300
Fax: (519) 579-8745
E-mail: [email protected]

60 College St.,
Kitchener, ON N2H 5A1

World View Adoption Agency
This adoption agency is licensed to facilitate adoptions in Ontario as well as for families who are opening to adopt a child from India.

Contact: Mr. Parmjit S. Mangat
Tel: (416) 743-9324
Fax: (416) 745-9778
E-mail: [email protected]

130 Westmore Dr., #5
Toronto, ON M9V 5E2