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Are you considering adopting a child?

This is a wonderful way to grow your family! Changes to the adoption system have been made to protect our children and children from other countries as well. These changes strive to place children in the best care possible.

Some people choose to adopt a child because of a physical or medical concern, while others may choose to adopt for personal reasons. The reason you choose to adopt a child does not matter; what does matter is that you are prepared for the journey. It is a good idea to speak to someone about the adoption process so you can be informed and prepared. If you believe you would like to adopt a Canadian or international child, you may want to start the process sooner rather than later as it can be a lengthy procedure. Many families wait for many years before getting the child of their dreams. You can contact a Child & Family Services (CFS) centre agency or a licensed adoption agency in Manitoba. Call 1-888-834-9767 to find more information on CFS agencies, or click on the links below.

When adopting, there are classes you must take, papers to fill out, home visits with a social worker and a lot of time spent waiting. The adoption process is emotionally challenging; recognize that as you wait for your child, there will likely be ups and downs. It is okay to feel upset, frustrated or angry if things do not work out the way you had hoped. Make sure you take time to relax, surround yourself with positive people and remind yourself that the child is worth the wait.

Adoption is a wonderful choice, but it isn't the right choice for every family so make sure you are ready for the challenges associated with adoption. It's also a good idea to have your support system in place as you may need to lean on them during the process.

Follow the links below to learn more about the different options and services available.