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How do I apply for a birth certificate for my Canadian-born child?

This section of Settlement.org explains that you must fill out an application, submit it by mail or online, and tells you how to do both. Then it tells you how to register the birth and apply for the birth certificate. There are links to more information at the end of the page.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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I Want to Place My Child

This resource explains how to place your child for adoption in varying circumstances: if the birth father is uninvolved, if the parents are under 18, if the parents already know who they would like to adopt their child, the cost, and next steps.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Register a birth (new baby)

The birth of every baby born in Ontario must be registered with the province within 30 days. Here you can find out how to register your new baby with the province.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Search for adoption records

On this Government of Ontario website, you can learn how to request information about an adoption you were involved in. It’s free. Some of the topics covered:

  • Adoptions in Ontario
  • Born in Ontario
  • Born outside Ontario
  • What kind of information you can get: Identifying, and non-identifying
  • Privacy and contact preferences

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Ontario’s Family Courts Structure

This web page explains how family law matters are heard in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, or the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice, depending on the issue in dispute and where you are located in the province.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Your Day in Family Court: How to prepare and what to expect

Recorded on November 12, 2013 – This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series takes a look at the Family Court process, and reviews which court to go to depending on your family law issue, some common court terms, the steps leading up to trial, and how to work with your lawyer outside and inside the courtroom.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

METRAC

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Pregnant at 15: Some legal issues relating to treatment

This Justice for Children and Youth blog post looks at what the law says about teenage sexual activity and pregnancy: When are you old enough to legally consent to sexual activity? Can a young woman of 15 who is pregnant go against her parents’ wishes and not have an abortion?

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Teen Pregnancy – Part Two (non-medical decisions)

Part Two of a two-part Justice for Children and Youth blogpost on teen pregnancy looks at legal issues with adoption, legal issues with custody and access, and when Children’s Aid might get involved when young parents are caring for a baby. There are resources listed for further information on these topics.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Teen pregnancy: The Law on Child Support

This Justice for Children and Youth blog post looks at what child support is, paternity tests, setting up child support arrangements outside the court system, registering arrangements with the Family Responsibility Office, and going to court with disputes about child support.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Choosing a Sperm Donor: Known or Unknown

This brochure outlines issues around known and anonymous sperm donation, as well as what to discuss with potential sperm donors. Topics include the benefits and disadvantages of using a known versus an unknown sperm donor, including sperm banks.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009