This collection of social service agencies have pre-adoption information and resources, and may have post-adoption support and services for adoptive families. The attached brochure on adoption in Ontario is a good place to start as well.
Please note that international adoption is generally not an option for LGBTQ people in Ontario, but public adoption through Children’s Aid Societies and private adoption are both available. The vast majority of adoptions in Ontario are public adoptions.
Adoption Council of Canada
The umbrella organization for adoption in Canada. Raises public awareness of adoption, promotes the placement of waiting children and youth, and stresses the importance of postadoption services.
Adoption Council of Ontario
Provides outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parents, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario.
Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association.
Canada’s leading open adoption profile service, connecting couples and singles who are hoping to adopt with expectant parents who are considering adoption for their baby.
Pact Adoption Alliance
Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of colour.
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.
Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services
Government information and guidelines on adoption in Ontario.
Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
OACAS provides an excellent overview of adoption in Ontario.
Listing of all Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario.
Toronto Children’s Aid Society
Toronto CAS is very welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ prospective parents. As the largest Children’s Aid Society in the city, they have a much larger adoption program with many more children waiting for families than any other program in the province.
Toronto CAS is a leader in Canada in welcoming LGBTQ adoptive parents and has placed children with adoptive parents in Toronto for over 20 years.
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
NCFST serves Native families and children in the Toronto area, including First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all those with Aboriginal heritage who choose to be served by the agency. More information
Jewish Family & Child
The JF&CS Adoption Program is responsible for securing suitable, nurturing, permanent Jewish homes for children/youth in our care who are eligible for adoption. Post-adoption counselling support is available to families facing the particular challenges that parenting adopted children may raise. More information.
Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
Single Catholic LGBTQ applicants may be able to adopt through this agency. Partnered applicants must be married in a relationship recognized through the Catholic Church, which does not recognize same-sex marriages. More information.