I'm thinking about adopting — Myths

Source: Adoption Council of Ontario

Myth: It takes many years to adopt a child in Ontario.
Truth: Some families have a child placed with them within a year because the appropriate match was found. The time involved in public and private adoptions is mostly related to matching the needs of the child and the new family. Adopting from another country is more complex and often involves longer timelines.

Myth: You have to be wealthy to afford to adopt a child.
Truth: You just need to have the resources to meet the needs of the child you are adopting. There is no specific income requirement. What is most important is finding the right match. In some circumstances, government subsidies are available for public adoptions.

Myth: It is important to match the race and ethnicity of the child with the adoptive parents.
Truth: Race, culture and ethnicity are some of the factors considered when placing a child. But many other factors are looked at as well, including the ability of the family to meet any special needs of the child.

Myth: There are no healthy kids for adoption.
Truth: There are many children available for adoption with a range of strengths and challenges. Some children have health, emotional or cognitive challenges. But with preparation and support, many families are able to welcome and meet the needs of these children.
Children available through the public adoption process are sometimes receiving support services, which can continue after they have been adopted.

Myth: Older children can’t or don’t want to be adopted.
Truth: Every child needs a family, regardless of their age. Many school-aged children and teenagers are eagerly waiting to be adopted. They can articulate what they are looking for in a family and potential adoptive parents can have a better understanding of the personalities and needs of an older child.

Children who reach adulthood as part of a family have a better chance of finding happiness and success in their lives. At every stage, we benefit from having the strong and supportive connections of belonging to a family.

Myth: You must be childless to adopt.
Truth: In some circumstances it is best that an adopted child have the full attention of his or her parent. But many adopted children benefit from a family environment with siblings and experienced parents.

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