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A three-month-old baby has just become the first child born in B.C. to have three legally-recognized parents, thanks to the province new Family Law Act, which was enacted in March of last year.

Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards is the first child born to Danielle Wiley and her wife Anna Richards. Baby Della also has a father, Shawn Kangro, an old friend of her mother Anna Richards. Danielle became pregnant last January via home insemination, and Della was born on Oct. 23, 2013.

Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards has just become the first child in British Columbia with three parents listed on a birth certificate. Photo courtesy the Wiley Richards Kangro family.


While Della’s mothers are her primary caregivers, with custody rights and responsibility for finances, Mr. Kangro is a legal guardian and has access, as well as a say in all important matters including school and medical decisions. The family drew up a formal written document before conception outlining the terms of their parental relationship. 

They were not able to apply for the birth certificate online, as it currently only allows for two spaces for the parents’ names. Instead, the parents changed the wording on the form they subsequently received in the mail. 

Bunch Family suggests that, given this is the law now, British Columbia might work on revising its forms.

The first ‘official’ three-parent family — that is, as far as the government’s concerned — was recognized in Ontario in 2007. A decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal legally recognized that child’s two mothers and one father.

However, no provinces other than British Columbia have actual legislation allowing more than two parents on the birth certificate; currently each situation must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Yesterday was Family Day in British Columbia.

Congratulations Danielle, Anna and Shawn!

We have a perfect gift idea — a copy of Cory Silverberg’s ‘What Makes A Baby?’ book.

source: CBC, National Post


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