Adoption FAQ

  1. What is Adoption?
    Adoption is “the means of meeting the developmental needs of a child by legally transferring ongoing parental responsibilities for that child from birth parents to adoptive parents, recognizing that in the process we have created a new kinship network that forever links those two families through the child that is shared by both.” Ken Watson

  2. What type of child do we place for adoption?
    We work exclusively with birth parents who are making a voluntary adoption plan for their child. The majority of adoption placements are newborns, however we place children up to the age of three.
    The children we place come from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and medical histories.

  3. Why infant adoption?
    Private adoption provides an opportunity for birth parents to choose their child’s family and remain connected. Not all birth parents are able or ready to parent and private adoption offers an alternative. Private adoption is also an alternative to a circumstance in which Child Welfare agencies may apprehend the child at birth.

  4. How much does a private adoption through JFJ Hope Centre cost?
    The cost of an adoption through JFJ Hope Centre is in the range of $14,000 and $19,000.

    Initial Registration fees:

    Application Fee $200
    Adoption Education meeting $300
    Intake Interview $350

    For further fees and services information please contact us @ 905 821-7494

  5. Who are JFJ Hope Centre clients?
    Our birth parents and adoptive families come from a variety of backgrounds, religions, races, cultures and walks of life.

  6. Does JFJ Hope Centre only work with Christian clients?
    No. JFJ Hope Centre works with birth parents and adoptive applicants from all religious backgrounds.

  7. Does JFJ Hope Centre work with single parents hoping to adopt?
    Our adoptions are birth parent driven and we follow the wishes of birth parents in terms of choosing adoptive parents.

  8. Does JFJ Hope Centre work with same sex couples hoping to adopt?
    Our adoptions are birth parent driven and we follow the wishes of birth parents in terms of choosing adoptive parents.

  9. How long is the wait for a child?
    Private adoption plans are Birth Parent driven. We cannot guarantee selection or wait times. We present our families for all suitable matches.

  10. Does JFJ Hope Centre charge fees to birth parents?
    All services to birth parents are free.

  11. Are birth fathers involved in the adoption process?
    The involvement of birth fathers is welcomed and encouraged in the adoption process. In some cases the involvement of the birth father is required by law. A birth mother can request the assistance of her counsellor in contacting the birth father and mediating his involvement in the adoption plan.

  12. Does JFJ work outside of Ontario?
    JFJ Hope Centre is licensed to facilitate adoptions anywhere within the province of Ontario.

  13. What legislation governs adoption in Ontario?
    The Child and Family Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, is the current Ontario legislation which governs adoption in both the public and private sectors.

  14. What Government Ministry oversees adoptions in Ontario?
    The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) oversees private adoptions. In Ontario, private adoption agencies, adoption lawyers, and adoption social workers that have been licensed to do adoptions by the MCYS can facilitate private adoptions.