I’m a Birth Parent
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Your Provincial Adoption Resource Network
We provide pre- and post-adoption support services, including consultation, education, resources and more.
Looking to Adopt
Are you exploring your options or ready to start the adoption process? We can help!
Birth Parent Support
Support and guidance for birth parents making an adoption plan or looking to reunite.
Those who have been adopted can access support, education and reunification information.
Resources & Education
Extensive resources & referrals for all people at all stages of the adoption process.
News & Updates
ASCS Members and Friends, We have had a very different year as Covid-19 has impacted the world and our organization in unexpected ways. Through the strong leadership of our Executive Director Sylvia Cholodnuik, we maintained our services and took advantage of...
ASCS interviews local parent, educator and advocate Shana Mohr Shana Mohr is the Training Manager for the FASD Network of Saskatchewan. She has trained hundreds of professionals, caregivers, and individuals with intellectual disabilities about the complexities of...
ASCS launches 5 session virtual group "ADAPT" for teens ages 14-17! “ADAPT” was created through a partnership between CFS and ASCS for adopted teens and teens living permanently with caregivers. This virtual group will meet through the platform “Gather Town” in...
Considerations in Adoption
Adoption can be an exciting, meaningful experience, but it can also be a complicated process with many challenges through life stages. It is essential to take the time to explore the reality of this decision before following through.
Explore our resources and educational supports:
Fostering your child’s cultural identity is imperitive in building a positive sense of identity and well-being.
Attachment and Bonding
These are important topics when discussing adoption placements. Many children who are eligible for adoption through the domestic adoption program have experienced trauma.
What is adoption?
Adoption is the process through which a child becomes a legal, permanent part of a family through the application and approval of parental guardians.
Who can adopt a child or children?
- The applicant must be at least 18 years of age or over
- Single, married or common law with or without bio-children
- Any race or ethnicity
- Any gender identity or background
What are some of the requirements?
The applicant must be willing to:
- Participate in the DAO (Domestic Adoption Orientation) through ASCS
- Participate in PRIDE training (Parent Resource for Information Development & Education
- Participate in the MFA (Mutual Family Assessment/Home Study) process with a Ministry Adoption Worker
- Provide a current Criminal Record and Child Welfare Background check
- Provide basic needs and necessities to a child
How long does the adoption process take?
The length of time it takes to adopt a child varies and depends on a wide variety of factors. Applicants who are willing to support older children, sibling groups, or children with complex needs will be prioritized. First Nations and Métis families interested in adoption are prioritized as there is an ongoing need for Indigenous and Métis resource families.
What is the cost of adopting?
Domestic (Saskatchewan) adoptions are funded through the provincial government Ministry of Social Services. However, there are some small fees along the way, such as the fee for the Domestic Adoption Orientation (DAO) program we provide at ASCS.
Independent and international adoptions are not funded through the Ministry. Independent adoptions will incur Home study/PRIDE training and legal fees. In addition to the above, international adoptions will also incur costs such as agency fees, travel fees, immigration fees etc.
Who oversees all adoptions in Saskatchewan?
The Ministry of Social Services oversees all adoptions in Saskatchewan, including domestic, independent, and international. Learn more about the types of adoption.
What is the first step in applying to adopt a child in Saskatchewan?
The very first step in domestic adoption in the province of Saskatchewan is to receive an information e-package. Learn more about starting the process for domestic adoption.
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