In Saskatchewan, there are three
main systems of adoptions for families hoping
to adopt. There is public adoption through the
Department of Social Services, private or independent
adoption as well as international adoption.
An adoption through Social
Services is, in most cases, for children who are
in the permanent care of the Minister. These children
are often apprehended and made permanent wards by
the Court because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Some birth parents may have addictions to drugs
and/or alcohol, are unable or willing to provide
their children the basic needs or they're too young
to parent. There are also some birth parents who
complete a voluntary consent to adoption shortly
after the birth of their child. The children in
the care of the Minister may be infants, older children
and many have special needs.
are no private adoption agencies in Saskatchewan.
Private or 'independent' adoptions do exist and
can be accomplished when the birth parent(s) make
arrangements with someone they know to adopt their
child. A homestudy is still required by an independent
practitioner approved by Social Services and this
type of adoption is generally processed through
the courts with the assistance of lawyers.
International adoption is another
means for families adopt in Saskatchewan. Families
must apply to Social Services and meet the requirements
for international adoption. Social Services oversees
and approves all of the paperwork, homestudy and
international adoption placements. As there are
no private adoption agencies in Saskatchewan,
families must employ the services of a licensed
adoption agency from another province.
more information about adoption in
Saskatchewan, visit the web site on
adoption at the Government of Social