Estate & Family Law Blog

Do you know how to adopt a child in care?


If you are interested in adopting a child, it’s important to learn more about your many options for doing so in Vancouver.

Here’s something to consider: At any time, there are approximately 1,000 children under the permanent care of the provincial government. As you can imagine, all of these children are waiting for somebody to step forward and adopt them.

If you want to adopt a child in care, there are several steps you need to take. First and foremost, it’s a good idea to understand why the children are in this situation. There are many reasons for this, such as:

— Their parents are unable to provide a safe home.

— Their parents decide that they are unable to care for the child.

— Their parents don’t have the means necessary to provide for the child.

If you want to start the process, the first thing you should do is meet with a social worker. This gives you a better idea of what to expect and what will happen if you move forward. From there, you’ll be asked to complete a variety of documents:

— Consent to Prior Contact Check

— Application to Adopt

— Adoption Questionnaire

With all this information, you should have a better idea of what it takes to adopt a child in care.

Since the process can be long and complicated, you may want to seek the advice of a legal professional. With an attorney on your side, combined with the help of a social worker, you should be able to move the process forward in the appropriate manner.

Source: Government of British Columbia, “Adopt a Child in Care,” accessed Oct. 12, 2016

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