SAFE Homestudy

A Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) is required in order for Ontario residents to adopt a child through a Children’s Aid Society, privately or internationally.

A SAFE home study is a mutual process that evaluates the strengths of applicants regarding their suitability and readiness to become adoptive parents.   It involves the discussion of issues pertaining to parenting and encourages applicants to examine their own beliefs, values and feelings. Family background, motivation for adoption, couple relationship (if applicable), experience with children and adoption issues are all examined during this process.

The home study involves 4-6 interviews, the completion of several questionnaires, a home safety inspection, and the following supporting documents:

  • Police Clearances
  • Medical Reports
  • Character References
  • Child Welfare Record Checks
  • Financial Forms

A SAFE home study can be conducted by a social worker in the adoption unit of the Children’s Aid Society for use in public adoptions.  Due to wait times in the public sector many prospective families secure home studies privately.

Private Adoption Practitioner, approved by the Adoption Unit of the Ministry of Community and Youth Services, can complete a SAFE home study for public, private or international adoptions within the province of Ontario.

SAFE home studies are portable between public and private systems, as social workers in both sectors use the same assessment tool.