Who can adopt in Saskatchewan?
- A child may be placed for adoption with
one adult or 2 adults jointly.
- One adult may apply to the court to jointly
become a parent of a child with a birth parent of the child.
Do I need a homestudy to adopt in
Yes. All prospective adoptive parents must complete a homestudy.
During the homestudy, a social worker will interview you about
why you’ve chosen adoption, your childhood, your family,
your views on parenting, your relationship with your partner
(if applicable) and other appropriate topics. Social workers
do not expect families to be perfect. In fact, they are
looking for people who have dealt with life’s challenges
and how they have overcome them. At the end of these interviews,
the social worker writes a report and will give her recommendations
about adoption for your family.
does an open adoption mean in Saskatchewan?
Openness refers to the relationship between
the adoptive family and the birth family. The relationship
may involve the exchange of letters and pictures or visits
without the exchange of identifying information or it may
involve a relationship where identifying information is exchanged.
Birth parents and adoptive parents decide together on the
communication and/or contact they will have. Each adoption
is negotiated to meet the needs of birth parents, adoptive
parents, and the child.
The range of openness options may include:
- birth and adoptive parents deciding
to meet but not giving identifying information about themselves;
- birth and adoptive parents meeting
and exchanging identifying information;
- birth parents requesting adoptive
parents be present at the birth of the baby; and
- birth parents and adoptive parents
exchanging letters, and sometimes pictures, either through
Social Services or directly.
Who must give consent to an adoption
Generally, for the adoption of a child in Saskatchewan, consents
are taken from:
- the birth mother
- the birth father
- in the case of a Crown ward, the minister
or the director acting on behalf of the minister;
- any person appointed as the child's guardian
- the child, if he/she is 12 years of age
What are the rights of birth fathers
A birth father in Saskatchewan must consent to the adoption
of his child. However, the court may, on an ex parte application,
dispense with the requirements to give notice to a person
who is or may be a birth parent of the child if the court
is satisfied that dispensing with that requirement:
- is necessary to protect the mental or
physical health or safety of a person;
- is in the best interests of the child;
- is necessary in the circumstances of
When can the adoption
consents be granted?
A birth mother's consent to
an adoption is only valid if the child is at least 3 days
old when the consent is signed.
Can adoption consents
Yes. In Saskatchewan, the
birth parent(s) may withdraw his/her consent to the adoption
plan within 14 days after the day on which the consent forms
for adoption or transfer of guardianship were signed. The
withdrawal of consent must be in writing and be received by
a director or an adoption agency within the 14 day period.
prospective adoptive parents advertise their desire to adopt
No. Saskatchewan's Adoption
Act states that no person shall publish in any form or any
means an advertisement soliciting a child for adoption or
for the purpose of finding adoptive parents for children.
an agency or adoptive family help with a birth parent’s
No. It is illegal to give or receive or even offer to give
or receive payment to procure a child in Saskatchewan and