Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
Licensee, licensed by the Director of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services under the Child and Family Services Act (Ontario) to place children for adoption. Adoption Licence contains terms authorizing facilitation of interprovincial adoptions from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, as well as a term permitting facilitation of adoption between Morocco and Ontario.
Canadian (Ontario) Bar Association
Ontario Association of Private Adoption Practitioners (OAPAP)
Education and Year of Call
Called to the Ontario Bar, 1975.
Osgoode Hall Law School, 1973.
B.A., University of Toronto, 1970.
In addition to a traditional Family Law practice which has focused on the negotiation and preparation of domestic contracts and, in particular marriage and cohabitation agreements, Cheryl has a specific interest in the area of Adoption Law. Cheryl has represented or provided legal advice to adoptive parents and biological parents, as well as adoption agencies and licensees in relation to adoption issues and adoption proceeding during the last 35 years.
Since permanent adoption licences were introduced in legislation, Cheryl has been licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to place children for adoption in Ontario and to facilitate certain interjurisdictional placements.
She has also advised international adoption agencies and prospective adoptive parents regarding the requirements of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
Cheryl has also assisted clients in relation to the preparation and completion of contracts in relation to Assisted Reproductive Technology involving third parties such as egg or sperm donor or embryo donation agreements.
Cheryl has been a member of a number of advisory committees and panels considering changes to adoption legislation and implementation issues, and has made numerous presentations on legal and ethical issues in relation to adoption to lawyers, social workers and adoption licensees/agencies. Cheryl has also been involved in the preparation of guidelines and training manuals for various professional groups whose work is touched by these issues..
Cheryl was a member of the Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption for the Province of Ontario, as well as co-chair of the Adoption Working Group of the said Panel. The report of the said Panel, entitled “Raising Expectations” was released in 2009, and may be found here.
Negotiation and preparation of marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements; representation of non-parents in custody proceedings under the Children’s Law Reform Act, including in connection with testamentary guardianship.
Negotiation and preparation of contracts for third-party assistance; parentage declarations.
Representation of prospective adoptive parents, biological parents, agencies, and licensees in relation to adoption proceeding; negotiation, and preparation of openness agreements.
Adoption Licensee Services
Assistance to biological parents and prospective adoptive parents considering adoption of a child through a private ( most often, open) adoption arrangement by ensuring that all of the requirements are met so that the proposed placement will be approved by the government and the application for adoption will be granted by the court. Includes arrangements to ensure that biological parents have counselling regarding choices and the opportunity to select prospective adoptive parents for the child from a wide choice of hopeful parents who are ‘adopt-ready’.