Edmonton Adoption Lawyers
If you’re looking for private adoption, and wish to become the parent of a child, our Bhardwaj+Co lawyers can make the necessary applications on your behalf so you can become the legal parent of the child or children. Private adoptions are a sensitive matter and the best interests of the child is always at the forefront. Due to this, it is very important the application is made properly to ensure your success in a timely manner.
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Adoption Lawyers FAQs
Am I Eligible To Adopt?
The most common scenario for adoptions is made by step-parents who are looking to adopt their step-children so that the child is also legally their own.
Bhardwaj+Co will review your eligibility. Specifically, in Alberta the requirements that must be reviewed for adoption include:
- You must be at least 18 years old to adopt
- You must be an Alberta resident to adopt in Alberta
- The home for the adopted child must be domestically stable, and
- the individual(s) adopting the child must demonstrate financial stability
Adoptions Through Child Services
When you are not the step-parent, the second method to adoption is to seek adoption of a child through child services. To do this, you will need to contact the government agency in Alberta or the jurisdiction you are in. If you are seeking adoption from an unknown mother, you will need to apply through the following registered adoption agencies:
- Adoption By Choice
- Adoption Options
- Christian Adoption Services
- LDS Family Services
How Long Is The Adoption Process?
In Alberta, the process for adoption approximately takes between two months and six months.
Factors that will affect the timeline for the adoption application include:
- How fast you can complete the home study and the status of the child’s birth parents
- A judge may not grant the adoption order the firs time, they may request more information, request a hearing or dismiss the application
The application to the Court of Queen’s Bench is made by a desk application (meaning it is requested by way of filing court documents only, and a hearing typically wouldn’t be required). There are many steps and details that must be considered when attempting to adopt in Alberta. Having an experienced lawyer help you navigate the adoption process for you and your family will greatly assist you in success.
How Much Will It Cost If I Hire A Lawyer?
The cost will depend on your specific case and situation. However, in general the cost of adoption will be $3,000. You will also have to account for additional costs such as the preparation of the home study. Remember, the fees will vary from case to case, and it is important that you discuss your case with an experienced adoption lawyer in Edmonton.