The Newfoundland and Labrador government is revamping its adoption legislation to speed up the process.
It will allow for adult adoptions, such as in the case of step-children, and it will make it easier for adopted children and their birth families to reconnect.
"The proposed new legislation will help streamline and expedite the adoption process," said Paul Davis, the minister of Child, Youth and Family Services.
"It will ensure that adoptive programs are progressive and clarify and modernize the law respecting adoptions. And it'll also align the principles as I mention with the children in [the] Youth Care and Protection Act where appropriate."
Davis said there are about 27 adoptions in Newfoundland and Labrador each year.