Adoptions Lawyers in Toronto, ON Helping You Grow Your Family
There are many reasons someone may be looking into the process of adoption. For biological parents who aren’t prepared for the responsibility of raising a child, adoption can be a way to ensure that their children get the lives they deserve. For those unable to have biological children–or who wish to grow their families through adoption–becoming adoptive parents is a special journey. However, it’s also one that is time-consuming, emotional, and sometimes difficult to understand.
There are many steps and stages involved in the adoption process, and until everything is finalized by the Ontario family courts, it’s possible for things to go awry. When you have a family lawyer, you can know what to expect, be prepared for hiccups in the process, and already have representation to help you through any issues that may arise.
If you are interested in the process of adoption, our firm can help. We have Ontario adoption lawyers that have experience with all kinds of adoption cases. Call our firm to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers to discuss your situation and how our services may be a good fit.
How Does the Adoption Process Work?
The basic process of adoption is that adoptive parents go through the legal processes to be named the legal parents and guardians of the biological parents’ child. However, the exact process depends on whether it is a public adoption through the children’s aid society or through a private adoption agency.
In Ontario, public adoptions go through the Children’s Aid Society. The adoptive parents contact the Children’s Aid Society to start the process, be vetted, and start looking at available children. If a match is found, the adoption proceeds through the courts to become legalized. Private adoptions go through adoption agencies. These agencies often work with biological parents who wish to put their child up for adoption.
Adoptions through either of these avenues require the party who is relinquishing legal parentage to provide written consent, and the adoption can be open or closed depending on what the parties agree on. Every adoption is unique, and the age of the child also often factors into the exact process and timeline.
Who is Involved in the Adoption, and What Are Their Roles?
The legal process of adoption can involve several parties depending on the circumstances. Below, you can find the common parties to adoption and what each entity is responsible for.
The birth parent or parents are part of the adoption process unless their parental rights have already been terminated. They will need to agree to the adoption and sign the necessary paperwork to give up rights to the child so that the child can be adopted.
Birth Parent’s Family
In some cases, the family of the biological parents is involved. It’s possible that a family member has legal guardianship over the child after parental rights were terminated. Sometimes, a family member is an adoptive party, and other times, they are just there for support.
The adoptive parents are integral to the adoption process. At the end of the adoption, they are the full legal parents of the children with all rights they would have had if the child would have been born to them.
Private adoption agencies or the Children’s Aid Society are often parties to adoptions. Caseworkers vet potential adoptive parents and help facilitate the adoptive process.
Ontario Adoption Lawyers
Ontario adoption lawyers provide the legal service of representing parties during the adoption process. An adoption lawyer may represent the adoptive parents, the birth parent, or the biological family, and they are also sometimes retained by the adoption agency itself.
How Much Does Adoption Cost in Toronto?
How much adoption costs depend on the method of adoption and the individual circumstances. Private adoption agencies have fees that can vary widely, and public adoptions are free to adoptive parents. However, even with public adoption, there may be some costs incurred through lawyer fees and other court costs going through the legal process of changing the child’s name.
If there are any legal issues that present themselves during an adoption, such as a family member protesting or a biological parent wanting the child back after the adoption is already underway, the legal fees can be more.
How Long Does It Take to Adopt a Child in Ontario?
Adoption is a lengthy process. You first have to apply to be an adoptive parent with the Children’s Legal Aid Society or a private adoption agency. This process can include personal interviews, interviews with friends and family, home studies, and classes that you have to complete. Once you are cleared to be an adoptive parent, there is also the process of waiting to find a child that is a good match for your family.
In general, it’s expected that the full adoption process can take anywhere from several means to a few years. If you have questions about the potential timeline of your case, talking with an adoption lawyer can help you get more accurate expectations.
Hire Anthony Family Law
We know that adoption can be a difficult process, and it’s normal to be worried about what might happen or how you will handle it if there is an issue. Our team has the knowledge and experience to handle any aspect of your adoption case, from the first consultation to the final hearing.
To get more information about where adoption fits into family law and how our lawyers may be able to help in your case, call 647-933-2397. We serve clients in the Toronto area and beyond and are ready to take on your case.