Current Uniform Acts
- Assisted Human Reproduction Working Group Report 2009
- I. What is the environment in which we need to understand and discuss child/parental status legal issues?
- A. Increasing Use of AHR as Method for Establishing Families
- B. Increasing Legal Uncertainty and Challenges
- II. Background to the Development of this Report
- III. Defining the Policy Issues
- B. Best Interests of the Child
- C. Guiding Principles
- D. Evolving Law
- IV. The Recommended Approach
- V. Existing legislation that may be affected by decisions on policy issues related to parentage
- VI. Summary of Draft Uniform Act
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II. Background to the Development of this Report
 In 2002, CCSO Family Justice established a working group to look at the issues of determining parent-child status and registering births of children born as a result of (AHR). While work initially focused on amendments to the Uniform Child Status Act, the CCSO Working Group identified that mere amendments to that uniform Act would not be possible without a more fundamental review of the policy issues involved. Thus, beginning in 2005, the CCSO Working Group started a broader policy review and looked at a number of reports on this topic. Through 2006-07, the CCSO Working Group finalized the policy approach.
 In 2007, Federal Provincial Territorial Ministers and Deputy Ministers Responsible for Justice approved the principles and policy approach proposed by the CCSO Working Group and directed that a joint working group with the Uniform Law Conference of Canada and CCSO Family Justice be formed. This occurred in fall 2007 and the newly formed Working Group met by telephone and in person to review the existing uniform legislation, proposals and principles as endorsed by Ministers, and to address drafting policy and issues to create a new uniform Act.
 As well, representatives of the Working Group consulted on the “number of parents/multiple parent” issue, along with “posthumous conception issues” with representatives from the Vital Statistics Council and