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Program Manager: Karyn Bakelaar

Tel: 613-226-2112 Ext. 231

General Information:
  • Advocates for Children and Families is a not-for-profit adoption agency licensed by the State of Florida since 1992;
  • Families must be open to parenting a child from any race or ethnic background, as well as to either gender;
  • Prospective adoptive families typically wait anywhere from 12 – 24 months from dossier submission to being matched with an expectant mother;
  • Adoptive families are chosen by an expectant mother in Florida – families must be open to semi and/or open adoptions for this program;
  • Once selected by an expectant mother, the adoptive family will be provided with written information about the prospective child and a cost estimate for the adoption which they may accept or reject;
  • Each case has a somewhat different cost due to the variance in living and medical expenses for the birth mother. Counseling is also a variable in some cases;
  • Three post-placement reports are required once returning home to Canada. The adoption cannot be finalized until this occurs;
  • Finalization of the adoption will be in the Florida court that issued the approval of placement, which the family will attend via teleconference, approximately 6 – 8 months following placement. 
If you would like any additional information, please contact the Florida Program Manager at 613-226-2112 ext. 2, or by email at
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