Family
Private Adoption

You have a strong connection to and love the child that has been brought into your life. The next step for you and the child is forming a legal bond that reflects your emotional ties. Legally formalizing your relationship as a family will allow you to be recognized as the parent of your child, protect them through legal means, and even share your very own last name with them.

There are two types of private adoption: third-party adoption which involves a new family member, or step-parent adoption which involves a step-parent adopting the child of their spouse.

As a guardian, you will have certain legal rights. You can formally represent yourself as the child’s parent at school, in court, in financial matters at a bank, or wherever else need be.

You can also provide protection to the child in the case that a biological parent appears after years of absence. If you establish a formal relationship with the child, a biological parent would not have any legal rights to the child or their lifestyle decisions.

Private adoption can bring a sense of stability to you, your spouse (especially if they are the child’s biological parent) and your family, as the child will be treated as equal with a biological child of your own.

We will be your key contact for the drafting and signing of the paperwork, as well as representing your interests in court. Most of the paperwork will be completed by your lawyer, in order to make this process as smooth as possible for you.

We know this is a sensitive issue for many families. That is the reason each application is done by only one lawyer in strict confidence, and we make sure to accommodate our approach to your unique family circumstances. There is also only one court clerk who reviews adoption applications in Calgary.

As a new parent, you will appear on the child’s birth certificate.

A formal relationship with a child can create a deeper connection and a sense of belonging, even if you already have a stable relationship with a child.


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Eligibility

To be eligible to adopt you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eighteen years of age or older;
  • Be a resident of Alberta;
  • Demonstrate financial stability;
  • Demonstrate the home adopting the child is domestically stable.
How it Works
  1. Preparing for our First Meeting
  2. To start the process and prepare for our initial discussions we will send a fillable PDF questionnaire. The questionnaire will have information about the process, as well as help us gather information about you, the child, and your family. We will also ask you to gather any necessary documentation such as a marriage certificate, police clearance certificate, and the child’s birth certificate.

  3. Initial Meeting
  4. When you have reviewed the questionnaire, we will meet to discuss your unique family situation and ensure that we have all the necessary documents. Afterwards, we will start working on the paperwork. We can host this meeting online, in-person, or over the phone for your convenience.

  5. The Paperwork
  6. After our initial meeting we will take some time to draft the paperwork. Once completed, we will meet again to go through the paperwork together and check everything is correct. We will then be ready to sign and send of the application to court.

  7. The Judge’s Review
  8. A judge will review our application to make a decision. This process takes about 2 to 4 months. In special cases, we may be asked for further information or be requested to appear for an in-person hearing. No matter what happens, we will be by your side to guide you through the process.

Fees
Private Adoption
Private Adoption Application $2590

The fee applies to standard applications and does not include GST, court filing fees and extra services. 30% discount can be applied to siblings adoptions.

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Anna Dunaeva DLegal
Lawyer & Notary
Anna Dunaeva

Anna perpetually works to surpass her clients' expectations. Through continuous communication, Anna delivers on her commitment to keep clients at the centre of her practice.

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