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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Vancouver baby becomes first person to have three parents named on birth certificate in B.C.

A Vancouver baby has three parents named on her birth certificate, the first under new B.C. legislation that allows up to four legal parents.
Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards, three months old, became the legal daughter of a lesbian couple and their male friend after finalizing the registration process last week.
They are among the first Canadians to achieve this without using litigation, under British Columbia’s new Family Law Act passed last year.
When they decided to have a child, Anna Richards and wife Danielle Wiley both agreed that they wanted a father figure, rather than an anonymous donor.

Family photo
Family photoShawn Kangro, left, and Danielle Wiley, with three-month-old daughter Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards. The Vancouver baby has just become the first child in British Columbia with three parents listed on a birth certificate.
“We wanted our kids to know where they came from biologically and actually liked the idea of having an extended family,” Ms. Richards says. “It didn’t threaten us to have another person’s involvement so long as it was the right person.”
Ms. Richards had gone to university with the father, Shawn Kangro, a close friend with whom she had informally joked about having kids together.
“Almost instantly, I knew I was going to be considering it really well,” Mr. Kangro says, adding that he consulted with his mother, sister and friends before making a decision. “It naturally felt very right.”

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