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What Documentation Must Be Presented With An Application For Adoption?

The documentation listed below, as may be applicable, will be required:
  • an affidavit from the applicant which includes the applicant's name, age, address and marital status;
  • the birth certificate or registration of live birth of the child;
  • the order of permanent guardianship or the voluntary surrender of guardianship agreement;
  • the consent of the natural parent(s) or permanent guardian of the child or any order dispensing with any consent;
  • the consent of a child over 12 years of age;
  • certification by the director that no notice of application under The Family Maintenance Act for declaration that a man be declared to be the father of the child was served on the director within 21 days after the signing of a voluntary surrender of guardianship agreement under The Child and Family Services Act;
  • a copy of the placement agreement between a prospective adoptive parent and a child and family services agency;
  • a report, from a child and family services agency, which includes:
    • the family and developmental history of the child, identified by adoptive name and birth registration number only;
    • a summary of the homestudy conducted by the child and family services agency; and
    • the recommendation of the child and family services agency;
    • a home assessment report respecting:

and, where applicable,

  • the marriage certificate of married applicants or the prescribed declaration of commitment of the cohabiting couple;
  • the authorization of the child and family services agency, where it extended or reduced the time for the making of the application;
  • decree nisi and decree absolute of divorce or divorce judgment and certificate of divorce;
  • death certificate of the applicant's spouse;
  • proof of notification of the birth father.

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