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ADOPTION   73

The judge must be satisfied as to the ability of the applicant to fulfil the obligations and perform the duties of a parent toward the child, and of the fitness and propriety of the adoption, having regard to the welfare of the child and the interests of the natural parents, if living. Before the order for adoption can be made in the case of a child under fourteen years of age the Provincial Officer must certify that the child has lived for at least two years previously with the applicant, and that during that period the conduct of the applicant and the conditions under which the child has lived have been such as to justify the making of the order, or that the applicant is, to the knowledge of the Provincial Officer, a fit and proper person to have the care and custody of the child and that for reasons set out in the certificate the period of residence may be dispensed with.

The effect of an order for adoption is to divest the natural parent of all legal rights in respect to the child and free the parent from all legal obligations and duties as to the maintenance of the child. It makes such child, for the purpose of the custody of the


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