Ontario’s Adoption Legislation

In Ontario, adoption is regulated by two pieces of legislation.

The Child and Family Services Act, 1990 regulates the adoption of children who are living in Ontario, as well as children from other provinces or countries whose adoptions are finalized in an Ontario court.

The Intercountry Adoption Act, 1998 sets out the requirements that must be met within Ontario for adoptions that will be finalized in other countries.

These acts protect the rights of everyone involved in an adoption: the child, the child’s birth parents and the adoptive parents.

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