Adoption is a legal process in which a child, that is not yours by birth, becomes yours, by law. In the Province of Manitoba, there are a number of types of adoption. These include agency, private, de facto, step-parent, extended family and international adoptions. Legal guardianship is a procedure in which the child does not change his or her legal status. Should the child’s birth parents wish to have contact or be involved in the child’s life, this may be allowed. Legal guardianship may or may not be a permanent arrangement. All adoptions and legal guardianships are assessed case by case. All adoptions of any treaty child will be presented to that child’s chief and council for consideration.

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