When you adopt a child, you take over parenting, usually from the birth parent(s), who stop having any parental rights and responsibilities (unless it's a step-parent adoption, where the step-parent becomes a joint parent with the birth parent). This process creates new and permanent family ties.

Frequently asked questions

How can I adopt an adult?

You'll find information on the adoption of adults (an adult is someone who is 19 or over) in the BC Adoption Act. The act also gives guidelines for getting a court order for adoption.

You may want to contact a lawyer for advice on how to proceed with this order. The Lawyer Referral Service may help.

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