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Jewish Family & Child Services of Toronto Profile on Adoption Assistance

Updated February 2008

Agency Contact Person

Benita Friedlander
Adoption Coordinator
4600 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M2R 3V3
Phone: 416-638-7800 x294
Fax: 416-638-7943

NACAC Representative (Parent/Volunteer)

Currently, there is no Ontario Representative. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help families learn more about adoption assistance, please call Jeanette Wiedemeier Bower at NACAC, 651-644-3036 or 800-470-6665.

Adoption assistance may be available for children with special needs. Often, assistance is provided to encourage the adoption of special needs children and remove the financial disincentives to adoption for the families. If you have questions, please call the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) at 651-644-3036 or our subsidy help line at 800-470-6665, or e-mail us at

Ontario’s Adoption Resources on the Web:

Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Federal and Ontario Provincial Nonrefundable Tax Credits

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Toronto web information:

1. Jewish CFS's legal definition of special needs is as follows:

A child with a defined special need or needs, as well as families in need of financial assistance.

2. If available, the standard adoption assistance rate at Jewish CFS is:

None available.

3. Specialized rates, if available, are based on the extraordinary needs of the child, and/or the additional parenting skill needed to raise the child. If Jewish CFS offers special allowances over and above the standard rate, the criteria used to define the higher rates are as follows:

Not applicable.

4. In addition to monthly payments, what sort of post-adoption services (respite, counseling, residential treatment, parent training, etc.) are provided? When available, are these services formally specified in the adoption assistance agreement at Jewish CFS?

We provide:

  • an adoption support group for adoptive parents
  • counseling (free of charge) to any adoptive families undergoing problems arising from an adoption

5. What medical or dental services are available at Jewish CFS?

Speech therapy—all forms of therapy, eyeglasses, braces and equipment as needed.

We provide assistance with orthodontics and/or dental services when necessary.

6. When my child turns 18, which benefits, if any, are available to our family?

None. Other provincial programs cover these needs after the age of 18.

7. Do relatives adopting under the program receive the same benefits as non-relatives?


8. Do children adopted from private agencies receive the same subsidies as those children adopted from public agencies?

Not applicable.

Programmatic Procedures

9. When do subsidy payments begin?

They can begin during the probation period, depending on the needs of the child and the family.

10. Will Jewish CFS consider my family income to determine my child's benefit package?

A child’s special needs receive funding irrespective of parental income.

11. Are prospective adoptive families routinely notified of all benefits available to them at Jewish CFS?


12. Who sets the assistance rates and how are they established?

Assistance rates are determined based on the provincial funds made available to the agency.

13. Who makes the final determination of a child's eligibility at Jewish CFS? What roles, if any, do workers and administrators at the agency or regional level play in eligibility determination and/or assistance negotiation?

Eligibility is determined by the child service team, in consultation with the adoption coordinator and the Director of Youth Services.

14. Once a child is determined eligible for assistance, is there any requirement to look for an adoptive family who will accept a placement without assistance?


15. Once eligibility is established, how and by whom are assistance agreements negotiated at Jewish CFS?

The adoption coordinator negotiates the agreement with the family.

16. A child's adoption assistance agreement may be periodically reviewed by the agency. What is the typical process used at Jewish CFS?

Annual reviews.

17. Can adoption assistance agreements be modified if requested by adoptive parents?

Yes, depending on the change of needs, or the amount of money available from the province.

18. A deferred or nil agreement is one in which the initial monthly assistance payment is $0. If a child's needs are listed as high risk and symptoms later manifest, the payment is renegotiated. Are deferred agreements offered at Jewish CFS?


19. What are the exact steps a family must go through to access the appeal process at Jewish CFS?

We are always open to any reasonable request.

20. Families may request assistance after the finalization of an adoption under certain circumstances. Below is the process by which families access adoption benefits after finalization.

Families may request assistance as long as a need is defined.

System Operation And Program Funding

21. How is the adoption assistance program operated and funded at Jewish CFS?

No answer provided.

22. Below are other programs that may delineate Jewish CFS's adoption assistance program from others around the province or country.


North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848