A 3-month-old girl has become the first child in Canada with three parents listed on a birth certificate.
The province of British Columbia’s new Family Law Act is the first to allow birth certificates with more than two parents.
Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards, 3 months, is the daughter of lesbian parents and their male friend.
“It feels really just natural and easy, like any other family,” biological father Shawn Kangro tells CBC News. “It doesn’t feel like anything is strange about it.”
Baby Della’s family is the first to undergo the process within the new Family Law Act. The western province is the first in Canada with legislation to allow three parents on a birth certificate.
Before welcoming their daughter, Danielle Wiley and her wife Anna Richards wanted to start a family, but weren’t sure where to start.
“Both of us, from the beginning, wanted to have a father that would actually be a participant,” said Wiley. ”I know a lot of other lesbian couples don’t want that. They want an anonymous donor. But both of us liked the idea of somebody who could actually be involved, and who could be a father figure to our children.”
The couple agreed that Kangro, an old friend of Richards, seemed like an ideal choice.
“When Anna and Danielle approached me, I think instantly I thought I was going to say yes, even though I had to debate a lot of things in my head first,” said Kangro.
Before going ahead with their family plans, the trio created a written contract, outlining expectations and guidelines. Wiley and Richards agreed to have custody and financial responsibility of Della, while Kangro would be a guardian, with rights to access.
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