Adopting a child can be a wonderful experience, but it’s not a straightforward one. It’s a complicated legal process that demands strict attention to detail. If you want to bring a child into your family, you’ll need the help of experienced family lawyers like the ones here at adoption and family lawyer in Edmonton.
Our team of lawyers is here to give you your best chance of adoption success. Each of our family lawyers has a long, successful track record of successfully handling adoption matters. You can trust us to give you solid guidance and plenty of support throughout the entire process.
How do I Adopt a Child in Alberta?
There are several types of adoption, and the type you choose can impact the process. Adopting the child of a spouse or a relative is different from adopting a child in provincial care, or a child from another country.
There are some similarities. For example, for all forms of adoption, you must be an Alberta resident who is at least 18 years old and who can demonstrate financial and domestic stability. Some organizations will require you to be at least 21 years of age.
Getting help from a lawyer vastly increases your chances of a successful adoption. There are a number of documents that must be presented to the court. It is possible for certain parties to object to adoptions. You may have to navigate court hearings.
It’s not just an administrative process. Even small errors in the paperwork or irregularities with a birth certificate can cause delays or failures in the process.
Let us help you navigate the process correctly from start to finish.
How much does it Cost to Adopt a Child in Alberta?
If you are pursuing a private domestic or international adoption you should be ready to pay as much as $25,000 to complete the adoption process. While some pay as little as $10,000, the fact is all adoptions are expensive. Neither the government nor agencies can afford to just hand off children to people who want them. All the steps must be followed for the safety of the child.
Foreign adoptions are especially complex and expensive, so keep that in mind as you consider what type of adoption to pursue. Public adoptions, or adopting a child who is currently in foster care, is the least expensive and most straightforward form of adoption. These cost less than $1000.
Many of these fees do not go to the lawyer, but to the courts and to pay for various steps of the process, such as the home study.
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