Resources

Books - Parenting Adopted Children

Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families - P. Irwin Johnston

Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men - D. Brodinsksy, 2011

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents by D. Gray

Attaching in Adoption:Practical Tools for Today's Parents - D. Gray, 2002

Attachment-Focused Family Therapy - D. HughesAttachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook - D. Hughes

Attachment-Focused Parenting - Effective Strategies to Care for Children - D. Hughes

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self - D. Brodzinsky, 1993

Brain-Based Parenting - D. Hughes/J. Baylin

Building the Bonds of Attachment - D. Hughes

Facilitating Developmental Attachment:The Road to Emotional Recovery & Behavioural Change - D. Hughes

Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers - G.Neufeld

Hope for Healing: A Parents Guide to Trauma and AttachmentHow to Raise An Adopted Child: A Guide to Help Your Child Flourish - J. Schaffer & C. Lindstrom

Love You Rituals - B. Bailey

Lesbian and Gay Foster and adoptive Parents - G. Mallon

Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption - S. Hicks

Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children Who Are Fostered or Adopted - K. Golding, 2008

Parenting From the Inside Out - D. Siegel, 2004

Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family - A. Adesman, 2004

Principles of Attachment Focused Parenting - D. Hughes (2009)

Raising Adopted Children: Practical Reassuring Advice - L. Ruskai Melina, 1998

Raising Your Spirited Child - M. S. Kurcinka, 2006

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child - H. Van Gulden & L. Bartels-Rabb, 1995

Talking with Young Children About Adoption - M. Watkins & S. Fisher, 1993

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child - B. Keefer & J. Schooler, 2000

The Adoption Constellation - M. P. Grand, 2010

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories - Perry/Szalavitz

The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption - M. Crook, 2000

The Family of Adoption - J. Maguire Pavao, 1998

The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforseen Challenges of Adoption - K. Foli & J.R. Thompson

Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft - M. Hopkins-Best, 1997

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew - S. Eldridge, 1999

Financial Information

  • Adoption Tax Credit: You may be able to claim a credit for certain adoption expenses when you file your income tax. The maximum eligible expenses related to the adoption of any child under the age of 18 years are $10,000. This credit may be claimed in the year in which you adopt.


  • Employee Benefits: Some employee benefit plans cover social work counselling and/or adoption expenses. Mary is a registered social worker so you may be able to claim a portion of your payments to her.


  • Parental Leave Benefits: You may be eligible for up to 35 weeks which can be taken by one or both parents.

Adoption Disclosure Legislation

Ontario's legislation enables adopted adults and birth parents to get information from birth and adoption records, for all adoptions that have been registered in Ontario. Adopted adults can apply for copies of adoption orders and birth registrations and birth parents can apply for information from these documents. Adopted adults and birth parents can file disclosure vetoes if the adoption order was made before September 1, 2008. If an adopted adult or birth parent does not want to be contacted by the other party, he or she can file a no contact notice. If an adopted adult or birth parent wants to let the other party know how he or she wants to be contacted, he or she can file a notice of contact preference.