Do you have questions about adoption in Alberta? Growing your family through adoption can be an exciting step. Of course, it is so important to make sure you have the proper type of legal assistance when adopting a child in Alberta.
There are two different methods for private adoptions in Alberta. The first option is through direct placement, spousal/step-parent or relative adoption. The second option is through licensed adoption agencies.
Sangin (Sam) Safi, founder of Safi Law Group, is one of only a few Edmonton lawyers experienced in private adoptions. If you’re seeking legal help with private adoptions in Alberta, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s explore some of the key things to know about private adoptions and family adoptions in Alberta.
It’s only natural to wonder about the financial aspect of going through the adoption process in Alberta.
What are the costs for private adoptions? The reality is that there are costs and fees at nearly every stage of the adoption process. You should be prepared to potentially pay thousands of dollars when going through the process of adopting privately in Alberta.
Adoption agencies charge fees. There will also be charges for filing Court documents, photocopying Court documents, fees for obtaining documents and fees for serving documents regardless of whether or not you use an agency. Keep in mind that you may also need to cover the cost of a home study. The cost for this is approximately $3,000. In addition, there will be legal fees for drafting Court documents and attendance in Court, if necessary. The legal fees vary from case to case, therefore it is best to consult with an experienced adoption lawyer to discuss your specific case.
The adoption process in Alberta typically takes between two months and six months.
This covers the period between when you begin until an adoption order is granted. Factors such as how quickly you can complete your home study and the status of a child’s birth parents can impact the adoption timetable. A Judge may grant your adoption order the first time. However, a judge may also request more information, ask for a hearing, order a home study report or dismiss your application. It is important to have legal representation by your side that is experienced in adoptions in Alberta to help you decide the next step following any of these scenarios.
There are many steps and fine details that must be considered when pursuing adoption in Alberta. Taking on the adoption process without the help of an experienced lawyer is essentially an insurmountable task.
Showing up with the proper legal representation signals to the Court that you’re taking your commitment as a potential adoptive parent seriously. Work with Safi Law Group if you’re in the process of adopting a child in Alberta. We deal with all sorts of private adoptions and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Reach out online to book your consultation or simply call us at (780) 760-7234. Let us give you the assistance and peace of mind you need as you grow your family.