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 the ARCS' Open Adoption Workshop is a membership requirement.


Joining ARCS is a two step process:

Step One: ARCS’ Workshop

ARCS helps adoptive parents understand their open adoption relationship expectations and capabilities. The workshop, "The Intricacies of Open Adoption Relationships", is mandatory as it ensures that you not only understand open adoption, but understand how ARCS facilitates open adoption relationships. The workshop does not try to convince you of the benefits of open adoption.  Instead, the workshop 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” workshop.  

After you have registered for the workshop, 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: Your profile will be reviewed by a birthmother, birthgrandmother and me. At the workshop, you will be given feedback on your profile.

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 workshop is $800.00 + HST per couple.


Step Two: ARCS’ Intake Session

Once you have attended this workshop, you are in the position to decide whether open adoption and working with ARCS is right for you.  If it is, the next step is to meet with Jennie for an Intake Session.  At this session, we will focus on the characteristics of a child you hope to adopt and the kind of relationship you hope to develop with the birthparents and birth family. The Intake Session will also be a time for us to review your adoption profile. Of course, this is an opportunity for you to ask questions about adoption.  The cost of the Intake Session is $200.00 + HST.

Although it is preferential to meet with one another for this session, you have the option of having the Intake Session by phone or though Skype/Facetime.


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. So I make myself available evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm.  This is a time of the day where in-depth discussions can be held.

To cover the costs of these services, ARCS has an annual membership fee of $200.00.   This membership fee also covers the cost of presenting your birthparent letter to all of the birthparents that use our services.


Joining ARCS

Please complete and send the workshop registration form to ARCS.  You will receive a confirmation of your attendance and a list of documents that need to be forwarded to ARCS.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call.  ARCS is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm at 613-542-0275 or email us at