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Adoption

A Practical Legal Guide

Grow your family through adoption

When a child is adopted, his or her adoptive parents become his or her only parents. The former parents no longer have any of the rights and responsibilities of parenthood. McGurk LLP assists in with two basic types of adoption: private adoptions, when a child is adopted by a new family, and step-parent adoptions, when a step-parent adopts the child of his or her spouse.

Step-parent adoptions are common, and are relatively straightforward when the permission of the birth mother or father is obtainable. A step-parent adoption can become more complex when the non-custodial birth parent cannot be found, or does not want to consent to the adoption. In a step-parent adoption, the custodial birth parent retains all of his or her rights and responsibilities as a parent.

Likewise, third party adoptions are relatively simple when all parties are consenting. In Alberta, the birth parents can request a Home Study. A Home Study may also be ordered by the Judge. You can learn more about Adoption in Canada by visiting the Adoption Council of Canada website.

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