For step-parent adoptions, this process is governed by the Government of Alberta, and this process begins with bringing your family lawyer the correct documents. If you bring the originals of all documents below your counsel can certify or notarize the copy.
1. A Birth Certificate
If the child was born in Alberta, obtain a certified photographic print of the child's Registration of Live Birth. This must be obtained by the birth parent from a Registry Agent. You cannot use the child's birth certificate.
If the child was born in another province in Canada, a certified or notarized copy of the child's birth certificate will be accepted. This document must give the child's name, birth date and birthplace.
If the child was born outside of Canada, obtain a certified or notarized copy of the birth document from that country’s government.
2. A Marriage and Divorce Certificate
If you are married to the birth parent, obtain a certified or notarized copy of your marriage certificate. If the birth parent has been divorced, they will need certified or notarized copies of all documents outlining the terms of the divorce. If the other parent is deceased, please bring the death certificate.
3. An Access / Parenting Order
Should there be parenting, access or custody rights to the other birth parent, you will need to bring a certified or notarized copy of any access order or agreement.
An adoption is a change in a vital statistic document and must be drafted precisely and with care.
Your lawyers at Family Central Law Office can assist you with commencing the adoption process today, contact us today by calling: 587-392-7970 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.