Our very own Marta Siemiarczuk assisted Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins in asking the court to declare them as co-mothers of Natasha’s son, Elaan. Natasha and Lynda are long-time friends and colleagues, but not in a relationship. Lynda has played the role of co-parent to Elaan from the very beginning. Elaan was born prematurely due to complications in utero, and at six months of age was diagnosed with a number of severe disabilities.
Marta assisted the two mothers in applying for a declaration of parentage for Lynda. Adoption wasn’t an option because Natasha and Lynda are not a couple. In November 2016, the court decided it was in Elaan’s best interest to grant the declaration of parentage to Lynda. A Canadian first!
You can learn more about the story by reading our Family Connection blog post Co-Mommas: A Historic Declaration of Parentage.