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Adopt a Child

The Domestic Adoption Program is offered through the Ministry of Social Services involving the adoption of a child who is permanently in the care of the Minister of Social Services.

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1. Benefits

Financial assistance through the Assisted Adoption Program is available to all Domestic Adoptions involving children that have an identified predisposition to a physical, mental or emotional disability that impacts their health and development.

This program supports children:

  • With a wide range of special needs
  • Placed as part of a sibling group
  • Whose family requires additional supports
  • Have been adopted by extended family

Financial assistance available through this program may include:

  • Monthly maintenance
  • Special needs benefits based on an approved case plan
  • Supplementary Health Program benefits.
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2. Eligibility

To become an adoptive parent, you may be single, married or living common-law, of any ethnicity, with or without children of your own.

You must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Reside in Saskatchewan
  • Willing to participate in Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) Pre-service Training and the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Culture Component
  • Willing to participate in the completion of a Mutual Family Assessment with a Ministry Adoption Worker, which includes a Criminal Record and Child Welfare Background Check.
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3. How to apply

The steps to becoming an adoptive parent include:

  1. Contact the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan (ASCS) to complete the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program (DAO)
  2. Attend an intake meeting with a Ministry of Social Services Adoption Worker to complete the application process
  3. Attend the Parent Resources for Information, Development & Education (PRIDE) Pre-service Training sessions.
  4. If your application is approved, you will then be registered on the provincial adoption waiting list.

The length of time it takes to adopt a child varies. Applicants willing to support older children, sibling groups or children with complex needs tend to complete the steps required to adopt much sooner.

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4. Apply

Please contact Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan (ASCS) to begin the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program (DAO). Call 1-866-869-2727 or

Apply at AdoptionSask
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5. Further Information

Other types of Adoption

In Saskatchewan, there are several other types of adoption available besides Domestic Adoption, including: Intercountry Adoption, Independent Adoption, Adult Adoption and Stepparent Adoption.  For further information on these types of adoption, please contact the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan (ASCS).


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