Adoption in British Columbia is governed by the Adoption Act and it requires that you file an application in the BC Supreme Court.
One of the key elements considered in determining adoption matters is the best interests of the children. You may adopt if you are 19 years of age or older and have been residing in BC for at least six months.
Types of Adoptions in BC
- Government Place which refers to placement of a child by the Ministry of Children and Family Development
- Agency Placement refers to placement of a child in Canada or outside of Canada by an adoption agency licensed by the Ministry.
- Direct Placement refers to placement of a child by the child’s natural parents with a non-family member adoptive parent(s)
- Relative or Step-parent Adoption refers to the adoption process where the child is adopted by the relative
- Adult Adoption refers to adoption of a child when he or she turns 19 years of age and whom you have supported before the age of 19
- Embryo Adoption refers to adoption of fertilized embryos donated by biological parents
Family law agreements are a cost-effective alternative to the litigation route to resolve family law disputes. The parties have the liberty to craft unique solutions for their particular circumstances and needs.
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During the meeting with a family lawyer, you will be asked several questions regarding your matter and the family lawyer will explain the possible approaches to resolve the dispute in the most amicable manner. Family litigation can be time consuming, stressful and expensive so it is important to use your resources wisely.