Our lawyers are experienced in handling the adoption process and can assist you with compiling the required paperwork and to submit your adoption application. In general, the services of a lawyer are only needed for private-direct adoptions or step-parent or relative adoptions. Adoptions through an agency or through Child and Family Services are generally facilitated by the assistance of social workers.
A list of licensed Alberta adoption agencies can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/private-adoption.aspx#agencies
What is a Private-Direct Adoption?
A private-direct adoption or direct placement adoption is where the birth family makes a private agreement with an adoptive family to place a child with the adoptive family, without an intermediary such as agency or the government.
Will I Need to Obtain a Home Study Report?
A home study is not automatically required. However, once your application is submitted to the courts, the reviewing Justice may request that one be completed.
Where a Home Study is required, it can cost a few thousand dollars.
What Documentation Do I Need for the Application?
A complete list of required forms can be found here, beginning at page 6: https://cfr.forms.gov.ab.ca/Form/ADOP0008.pdf
The Alberta Government provides an overview of the process here: https://www.alberta.ca/private-adoption.aspx#agencies
Can Single Individuals Adopt a Child?
Yes! There is no requirement for two parents to complete an adoption. However, more than two parents cannot adopt a child in Alberta.