In British Columbia, the legislation governing adoption is the Adoption Act. Adoptions are made through either the Director of Child Protection for a waiting child, a private adoption agency or privately between the parties. Not every person is eligible to adopt and there are certain requirements that those who wish to adopt must meet.
For adoptions by a relative or a step-parent, there are certain documents that must be submitted to the British Columbia Courts, including consents from interested parties. Children who are 12 years of age or older must provide written consent to the adoption and any requested name changes.
Adopting a child may be one of the most rewarding events in your life. We can advise and represent you in this process.