Adoption offers children who are not able to be raised in their birth families an opportunity for permanence, stability and love. Their families experience the many rewards that come with parenting a child, and the special knowledge that they have opened up their hearts and homes to a child in need.


  • children between the ages of six months and six years
  • children with special needs
  • children with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • sibling groups.

How can I find out more?

Contact Jennifer Veenstra @, with any questions. You can also attend an in-person Adoption Information Session or an online Foster/Adoption Information Webinar (click here for date and time).

Frquently asked questions – Adoption

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  • Newborn to 18 years (but primarily 6 months to 6 years), with various life experiences and abilities
  • Identify or have families who identify as Catholic
  • Come with immense potential and a need for loving, supportive families
  • Most are available due to a court decision terminating parental rights
  • A small number of children are placed for adoption voluntarily by their birth mothers
  • The permanent placement of a child with an adoptive family
  • A viable and rewarding way to build a family
  • Done through both child welfare agencies and private adoption agencies
  • Making a child a permanent part of your family
  • Caring for a child and their physical, spiritual, emotional, and social development
  • When appropriate, providing opportunities for birth parents to participate in the lives of their birth children

The most important qualities considered in the selection of Adoptive Parents are:

  • The desire and ability to love, nurture and parent a child
  • Patience, flexibility and consistency
  • The desire to be part of a child’s life story.
  • You can be single or a couple, with or without your own children
  • You must be Catholic
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You may own or rent your home
  • You must be self-supporting
  • You may work outside the home
  • You must submit a vulnerable sector screening report by police and be approved through a Home Study
  • You must complete the Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training
  • You must be willing to work within the guidelines and philosophies of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton.

We offer a range of services delivered by experienced staff, intended to provide you with information, guidance and support. We want you to be active participants in this process and ultimately make the decision that is best for you and your family as to the type of child you feel best suited to parent. We provide extensive information and preparation to our adoptive families about any child they may be interested in.