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Domestic Adoption

Domestic Adoption, offered through the Ministry of Social Services (MSS) of Saskatchewan, involves the adoption of children under the permanent, legal guardianship of the Minister.

The Minister becomes the legal guardian through either a Voluntary Committal process or a Permanent Order process. In a Voluntary Committal, birth parents make an adoption plan directly with MSS and participate in the selection of adoptive parents from those who have been approved by MSS. In a Permanent Order situation, children come permanently under the care of the Minister through a court process in which a judge rules that permanent wardship is in the best interests of the child; adoption may be considered as the permanency plan for children with a Permanent Ward Order after all the options with biological and extended family have been explored.

To begin the domestic adoption process and learn more about your options for adopting in Saskatchewan, contact the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan and request an Initial Adoption Information e-Package. This information package will provide you with up-to-date information about all your options for becoming an adoptive parent in Saskatchewan.

ASCS can be reached at (306) 665-7272 or 1-866-869-2727 (Toll Free).

Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Adoption

Is Domestic Adoption Permanent? Yes. Adoption is permanent. The legal requirements in Canada ensure that once an adoption is finalized, children who come into the adoptive family belong to their adoptive parents as thought they were born to them.

Am I Too Old to Adopt? No. In Saskatchewan, you must be at least 18 years of age to adopt. Beyond that, there are no age restrictions.

Can I Adopt as a Single or Unmarried Person Yes. Saskatchewan legislation recognizes that families comes in all types of compositions. You can apply for domestic adoption as a single applicant, as a married couple, or living common-law.

Can Gay & Lesbian People Adopt? Yes. Saskatchewan legislation recognizes that families comes in all types of compositions. You can apply for domestic adoption as a single applicant, as a married couple, or living common-law.

How Long Does It Take to Adopt? 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 tend to complete the steps required to adopt much sooner. Aboriginal and Métis families interested in adoption are prioritized as there is an ongoing need for Aboriginal and Métis resource families.

What Are Some of the Requirements in the Approval Process for Domestic? First, you will be required to complete the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program with ASCS. Then, you will attend an intake with a MSS caseworker and complete an application form. Then, you will be required to participate in 27 hours of Parent Resources for Information, Development, & Education (PRIDE) training, 3 hours of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Cultural Component, 17 hours of First Aid/CPR training, and the completion of a Mutual Family Assessment home study process, including a Criminal Record and Child Welfare Background Check.

What Legislation Governs Adoption in SK? All adoptions are governed by The Adoption Act (1998) and The Adoption Regulations (2003).