Result-Oriented Adoption Lawyers with Offices in Toronto and throughout Ontario

From time to time, children are unable to live with one or both of their birth parents either due to significant hardships or due to an inherent inability to adequately and wholly care for them. When this occurs, adoption is a viable alternative. An alternative that ensures the child(ren) will be embraced by a welcoming family; a family that yearns for children and has the ability to look after them properly.

What is Adoption?

Adoption is the legal means by which people can permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child.

In Ontario, there are four ways a child can be adopted:

  • either by an immediate family member or a step-parent;
  • through various childrens aid societies;
  • through a licensed individual or private adoption agency; or
  • through a recognized licensed international adoption agency with offices in the province.

What Factors Do the Courts Consider During the Adoption Process?

Regardless of the path taken to adopt a child, the Courts primary goal will be to assess and support the best interests, safety and well-being of the children.

This assessment is based on a variety of factors such as:

  • the child’s physical, emotional and mental needs;
  • the child’s cultural and religious background;
  • the child’s relationships with blood relatives; and
  • the child’s own requests.

Although it is always incumbent on the adoptive family to familiarize themselves with the process of adoption in Ontario, the lawyers at Gelman & Associates are well-equipped and ready to assist you in navigating the adoptions process.

Contact Our Adoption Lawyers at one of Our Six Offices throughout Aurora, Barrie, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga North York and Scarborough

At Gelman & Associates, our lawyers are committed to providing exceptional legal service to our clients throughout the adoption process. Contact us today to learn how our experienced adoption lawyers can help facilitate the adoption of your next family member!

With six offices conveniently located throughout Aurora, Barrie, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga North York and Scarborough, we are easily accessible by transit and off-highway. Call us at (416) 736-0200 or  1-844-736-0200 or contact us online for a confidential initial consultation.

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Ongoing Battle Over Whether Indigenous Law Should Apply over Ontario Family Law in Support Dispute Continues

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Variation of Support in The Face of a Separation Agreement

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