The happiest files we usually deal with are adoptions.
It’s the process of legally taking responsibility for someone else, usually a child.
The are several ways by which a child may be adopted in Ontario:
1) By a privately licensed individual or adoption agency:
Adopting a child through a private adoption agency is referred to as a private domestic adoption. All agencies or individuals must obtain a license through the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to facilitate a private adoption.
These children are available for adoption because their parents feel they are unable to raise their child and believe that adoption is the best way to provide a good home for the child. The fees for this process vary. Contact an adoption licensee for further details.
2) By a step-parent or other relative:
A step-parent adoption or an adoption by a relative requires an application to the Ontario Court of Justice or the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court.
The law requires both the applicant and the child to be residents of Ontario. An application for adoption can be made for an individual both over and under eighteen years of age.
This process of adoption may be made on the consent of all of the parties and the child if the child is aged 7 or older.
If one of the parties cannot or will not consent, the Court may dispense with the requirement for their consent if proper notice has been given to that party and if it is determined by the Court to be in the best interests of the child.
If a party disputes the adoption there must be a Court hearing and the Court will decide based on the best interests of the child.
At Mark Borden and Associates we would be happy to assist you with parts of this process.
3) Through a Children’s Aid Society of Ontario:
Adopting a child through a Children’s Aid Society is called a public adoption.
A child is placed for adoption either because their parents have decided to let someone else parent them or a Court has decided the parents are unable to parent the child.
4) From a licensed international adoption agency:
If you are seeking to adopt a child from another country you s must contact an international adoption agency licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to facilitate the process.
Children available via international adoption are usually placed for adoption as a result of socio-economic conditions in their country. The fees for this process vary. Contact an international adoption licensee for further details.
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