TDH (Terre des Hommes) Ontario is an agency licensed by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of Ontario to effect adoption proceedings for children in Haiti, Honduras, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, the USA and Vietnam.
TDH Ontario can work with families in Ontario and in any other provinces whose provincial ministries will work with an Ontario-licensed agency.
Adoptive parents normally communicate with the agency by telephone or by e-mail. After the initial contact arrangements may be made for an intake interview if distance permits.
We strongly advise you to obtain an e-mail address if you don’t have one already, as it is our preferred method of communication with adoptive parents. Please also advise us if you change your e-mail address. We will communicate with you directly by telephone regarding any information related to your personal dossier.
If you wish to initiate an adoption with TDH please complete an application form (see links below). Please contact TDH first to find out which country programs are accepting new applicants.
You should proceed, if you’ve not already done so, to complete a homestudy through a private adoption practitioner licensed in Ontario. Agencies such as ours have no authority to approve or not approve potential adoptive families. The Ontario Ministry restricts that right to itself. This means that every potential candidate for international adoption has to have a home study done by an Approved Private Adoption Practitioner licensed by the Ontario Ministry, and that homestudy must further be approved by the Director of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of Ontario.
To find an approved adoption practitioner/social worker, refer to the web site of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of Ontario.
The ultimate decision as to whether to accept a particular couple or a single person, of either sex, as a suitable candidate is the decision of the sending country, the country from which the child comes. Also, the decision as to whether or not to accept same-gender couples or not is a decision of the sending country alone.