Adopting a child involves a long and rigorous process that must be done in the best interests of the child and respect for their rights.
Adopting a child is a long and rigorous process that must be carried out with the best interests of the child in mind and in accordance with the child’s rights.
Adoption is an important decision, and your notary is the best person to advise you.
To assist you in this process, a notary can:
- Explain how to adopt a child from Quebec or from another country, or a step-child
- Make sure you meet the adoption criteria
- Direct you to the organizations that can handle your application
- Help you assemble all the official documents you will need and complete the necessary forms and applications that will be filed with the court
- Examine the requirements in other countries if you want to adopt a child from abroad and take steps towards obtaining the child’s Canadian citizenship, as well as a birth certificate issued by Quebec’s Directeur de l’état civil.
Quebec law allows same-sex couples to use assisted procreation and to adopt children.
Assisted procreation The law allows same-sex couples to access assisted procreation services and provides the child with the same legal protection as children of heterosexual couples. In the case of female same-sex couples, several assisted reproduction options are available.
Since a male homosexual couple cannot use assisted reproduction like a female couple, men seeking to become fathers in a same-sex family must generally turn to adoption in Quebec.
Adoption By using a notary’s services, same-sex couples can receive advice and guidance about the adoption process. The notary can also prepare the necessary documents for the legal proceedings. Some notaries are specialized in this area and will be able to provide plenty of useful guidance.
Surrogate mother Currently, a contract established with a surrogate mother has no legal value in Quebec.
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