What is Adoption?
Adoption is the legal proceeding where individual(s) permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child.
There are four ways a child may be adopted in Ontario:
- By a family member or a step-parent
- Through various Children’s Aid Societies
- Through a licensed individual or private adoption agency
- Through a recognized licensed international adoption agency with offices in Ontario.
The most common types of adoptions are by family members. A family member can be a step-parent or a relative. The Child Youth and Family Services Act defines “relative” as a person who is the child’s grandparent; great-uncle, great aunt, uncle and aunt, including through a spousal relationship.
Sandra Scovino, a senior partner at SBS Lawyers, has extensive experience in this area. She can assist clients by bringing an application for a family adoption; by providing independent legal advice for a parent, or for the child. If you have questions about adoption, please schedule a consultation with Sandra.
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