Are you interested in finding out the process of how to adopt a child in Canada? An adoption requires a Court Order, and must proceed in the specific jurisdiction where the child lives. Throughout Canada, each province has and is governed by its own adoption laws regarding the steps necessary to finalize the adoption of a child in that particular province.
Adoption typically requires:
- The intervention of the government and a social worker report
- EXCEPT for relative or step-parent adoptions.
In situations where people re-partner, or one spouse has deceased, a person may wish to adopt his/her new spouse’s child(ren). You do not have to be married to your spouse to adopt his or her child(ren). If you are living in a conjugal relationship with that person, the adoption will qualify as a step- parent adoption.
Additionally, the new parentage laws in Ontario will alleviate the need for a spouse to adopt his/her spouse’s child born via surrogacy.
It is important to consult with a lawyer who has experience in these matters to ensure the adoption proceeds properly, and results in the child being the legal child of the adopting parent.