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Are you familiar with relative adoption?

As the name suggests, relative adoption is when a child is adopted by a close family member.

Since this process is unique in many ways, it's important to understand the finer details such as what to expect, how long it takes, and the challenges you may face along the way.

Generally speaking, this process can be completed through the Ontario Family Court without the need to bring a private adoption practitioner into the fold. Even so, this doesn't mean that the process will unfold within a matter of days. There are still many details you need to contend with.

If you want to qualify for relative adoption, you must be related to the child in one of the following ways:

-- Grandparent

-- Step parent

-- Uncle

-- Aunt

-- Great uncle

-- Great aunt

If you have interest in adopting a child to whom you are not related to in one of these ways, you are required to do so with the help of a private adoption practitioner.

Note: This only applies when the adoptive parent is a resident of Ontario and the child is a resident of Canada.

If you are interested in relative adoption, don't hesitate to learn more about the process. You can do so by contacting the Ontario Family Court. This will help you better understand what to expect and how to make decisions that can move the process forward in an efficient manner.

Since there is so much to think about, it may also work in your favor to consult with a family law attorney.

Source: The Adoption Council of Ontario, "Relative Adoption," accessed Aug. 04, 2016

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