Adoption is the act of legally taking another’s child and bringing it up as one’s own. Essentially, adoption is the legal process of becoming a non-biological parent. Through the adoption process, the Court’s primary goal will be the best interests of the child. Court’s determine this by assessing the child’s emotional, physical and mental needs, cultural background, relationships with biological relatives and what the child wants.
In Ontario, children can be adopted by immediate family members or step parents, the Children’s Aid Society, or through a licenced private adoption agency.
The adoption process can be difficult to navigate and it is strongly recommended that legal advice be sought at the outset.
If you are considering adopting a child, please do not hesitate to contact our office: 416-924-5969.