How to Adopt?

Adopting Through ARCS


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Open Adoption Specialists

We welcome those that embrace the open adoption concept.  The term, “Open Adoption”, seems to have a multitude of definitions.  This often leads to confusion.  One person’s open adoption may be another person’s semi-closed adoption.  It is important for you to know what you mean by open adoption relationship.  In order to have a clear understanding of your relationship expectations in open adoption, attendance at an ARCS Intake session is a membership requirement.


Joining ARCS 

Step One: ARCS’ Intake Session

ARCS helps adoptive parents understand their open adoption relationship expectations and capabilities. The intake session is mandatory as it ensures that you not only understand open adoption, but understand how ARCS facilitates open adoption relationships. The intake session does not try to convince you of the benefits of open adoption.  Instead, the intake session teaches you how to build and maintain an open adoption relationship with the birthparents and other members of the birth family.  It is a “how to” session..  

After you have registered for the intake session, please send the following documents to ARCS:

1.  Homestudy

2.  Homestudy Update (if applicable)     

3.  Medicals

4.  Police Checks

5.  Child Welfare Checks 

6.  Memorandum of Adoptive Parents (Ministry Document)

7.  Services Agreement- Adoption Practitioner

8.   Adoptive Parent Profile     

Please note: 

Please instruct your adoption practitioner to send me your letters of reference.

When sending your documents to ARCS, I would suggest that you courier them.  Do not send them by email.                                     

The cost of the Intake session is $791.00. This includes HST.


Membership Benefits

Becoming a member of ARCS has many benefits.  On our website, there is a section called Adoptive Parent Bios where the adoptive parents post a picture of themselves and a brief bio.  Many expectant parents view these bios. 

ARCS also sends out a bi-annual newsletter containing an update on adoption placements and information about various aspects of adoption.

Answering your adoption questions in a timely fashion is important to us. Office is open Monday through Thursday from1:30 to 4:30 pm.Messages are checked daily.