The process to change parts of Saskatchewan’s Adoption Act are underway at the provincial legislature.
The Government has introduced a bill to increase the time a parent can change their mind about adoption from 14 to 21 days and to set the age for a child’s testimony to be allowed in court to six years.
Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says they also want to safeguard against more sinister adoptions.
Harpauer says the proposed changes would mean the rules would apply to all countries regardless of whether that country has signed onto The Hague Convention.
The Hague Convention outlines a process to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of the child.
Harpauer says Saskatchewan is seeing more requests from people who want to adopt from countries that have not signed the Hague Convention.
The changes would also give a child over the age of six more of a voice in court and increase the number of days for birth parents to revoke their consent to an adoption to 21 from 14.
The change would also alter how adult adoptees and birth parents can access identifying information from the adoptee’s birth registration.