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Barnett Brings Adoption Amendment to Legislature

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett has introduced an amendment to the provinces adoption laws.

The amendment would make the process of adoption of adults the same as it is for minors. The current laws make it a costly court process currently.

Barnett said the matter of adult adoption was first brought to her attention by a constituent.

“They had been trying to adopt a person who has been like a family member, but they’re an adult,” she said.

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“Under our adoption laws, you have to go through a lengthy and expensive court process. There’s no reason we can’t have an amendment to say that whether you’re an adult or a minor its the same process for adoption. Age should not be a barrier.”

Barnett first introduced the amendment as a private members bill in 2017, but it didn’t pass reading. With the reintroduction, she hopes the legislative assembly will take the amendment forward.

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